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A few weeks ago, I was watching the TV news of the enthronement of Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako. Royals and dignitaries from 183 countries around the world attended the ceremony. The New Emperor and Empress, wearing elaborate traditional costumes, were sitting on two thrones—his was twenty-one feet tall, hers was a little shorter.
I found myself in awe of the beautiful gowns worn by Queen Letizia of Spain, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, Princess Mary of Denmark, and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan. Kings and princes from all over the world wore sashes over their shoulders. It looked like a scene taken out of a movie.
Today, we celebrate a king more powerful than any other ruler in the history of the world. A king who did not have an enthronement ceremony attended by the world’s royalty, but who was born in a stable with lowly shepherds as his first visitors. Today we celebrate Jesus Christ, the one and only King of the Universe, who rules with justice and mercy and who invites us to be with him, in his Kingdom, for all eternity.
Jesus our Lord and King, thank you for being so merciful. Help us follow your example of service and humility, so that we may share your Kingdom with you for all eternity. Amen.
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