The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Our King didn’t come to lord over us. He came as the suffering servant to set us free, offering salvation and happiness. Why do we so often refuse Him?
Pope Pius XI instituted the Solemn Feast of Christ the King in 1925. It addressed “the chief causes of the difficulties under which mankind was labouring.” These were “the fact that the majority of people had thrust Jesus Christ and His holy law out of their lives,” and “as long as individuals and states refused to submit to the rule of our Saviour, there would be no ...prospect of a lasting peace among nations” (Quas Primas).
As the fact that “the majority of people had thrust Jesus Christ and His holy law out of their lives” is even truer today I want to tell you a story. It’s a true story of how an 8-year-old boy prays to the Blessed Sacrament and obtains healing for his family.
The story happened in Mérida in Mexico, in the first chapel of Perpetual Adoration that the Missionaries of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament established in the city.
Father Hileman said a little boy called Diego heard him preaching that “those who are willing to be at vigil at dawn, Jesus will bless a hundred times more.”
His words made the child decide to start his vigil at 3:00 in the morning, something that naturally caught the attention of his mother, to whom the boy explained that he would do it because “I want my dad to stop drinking, and that we can no longer be poor.”
During the first week, the mother accompanied him. The second week, Diego invited his father.
“A month later, they began to participate in perpetual adoration, and the father testified that he had experienced the love of Jesus and was healed.” Right after that, “he fell in love with his wife, during those holy hours,” Fr Hileman said. “The father stopped drinking, and fighting with his wife, and they were able to leave poverty behind. Because of the faith of an 8-year-old child, a whole family was healed.”
This is one of several conversion testimonies that, according to Fr Hileman, often happen in Perpetual Adoration chapels, an initiative of the Missionaries of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, a community he founded. “The first commandment of perpetual adoration is to allow oneself to be ‘embraced’ by Jesus,” said father Hileman on his visit to Chile. “It is the place where we learn to rest in the heart of Jesus.”
The priest explained this initiative began in 1993 in Seville, Spain, when St. John Paul II expressed his desire that “every parish in the world could have a chapel of Perpetual Adoration, where Jesus could be exposed in the Blessed Sacrament, solemnly worshiped day and night, without interruption.” Fr Hileman also recalled that “St. John Paul II spent 6 hours of adoration a day, wrote documents while in front of the exposed Blessed Sacrament, and would spend all night in adoration once a week. That is the secret of the saints, that is the secret of the Church” https://aleteia.org/2017/01/31/8-year-old-boy-prays-to-the-blessed-sacrament-and-obtains-grace-for-his-family/
Truly, in this story Christ becomes King and the difficulties under which this family were labouring disappear. This is what happens if you allow the Lord to rule your life.