The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Gospel: (Jn 18:33b-37)

Pilate said to Jesus, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you say this on your own or have others told you about me?” 
Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?” 
Jesus answered, “My kingdom does not belong to this world.
If my kingdom did belong to this world, my attendants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. 
But as it is, my kingdom is not here.” So Pilate said to him, “Then you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say I am a king. 
For this I was born and for this I came into the world,to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”


St. Faustina noted in her Diary (D. 1488, 745, 378)

My child, life on earth is a struggle indeed; a great struggle for My kingdom. But fear not, because you are not alone. I am always supporting you, so lean on Me as you struggle, fearing nothing. Take the vessel of trust and draw from the fountain of life — for yourself, but also for other souls, especially such as are distrustful of My goodness.
The Feast of Christ the King. [October 25, 1936] During Holy Mass, I was so enveloped in the great interior fire of God’s love and the desire to save souls that I do not know how to express it. I feel I am all aflame. I shall fight all evil with the weapon of mercy. I am being burned up by the desire to save souls. I traverse the world’s length and breadth and venture as far as its ultimate limits and its wildest lands to save souls. I do this through prayer and sacrifice. I want every soul to glorify the mercy of God, for each one experiences the effects of that mercy on himself. The Saints in heaven worship the mercy of the Lord. I want to worship it even now, here on earth, and to spread devotion to it in the way that God demands of me.
(…) That God is infinitely merciful, no one can deny. He desires everyone to know this before He comes again as Judge. He wants souls to come to know Him first as King of Mercy.


➡ Jesus, the King of Mercy, says that life on earth is a struggle, a great struggle for His kingdom. My King assures me that He is always with me and with Him I have nothing to fear. Do I trust in His goodness?
➡ Saint Faustina confesses that she will fight against all evil with the weapon of mercy. Do I use this weapon to fight evil?
➡ I will ask the Holy Spirit to make me unceasing in proclaiming Divine mercy.