"The King Who is to come; O come let us adore Him."
4th Day: FURTHER CLAIMS OF OUR KING
Jesus Christ is our King and Lord, and we
are His subjects; nay, we belong to Him as His
property and possession, because He has purchased
us for a great price. The price He has paid is not
gold or earthly treasure. It is nothing less than
His own precious blood, of which He shed the
last drop upon the Cross as the price of our redemption.
Each drop of that blood had a greater
value than all things that are in Heaven and on
earth: yet our King gave it all, and at the cost of
pain and anguish unspeakable, that we poor miserable
wretches might be His loyal servants, instead
of the slaves of the devil. Hence we belong entirely
to Him, absolute, complete submission is our duty
and our privilege.
Our King also has dominion over us as members
of His mystical Body, the Church which He
has founded, and which He has joined to Himself
as His mystical Spouse. Inasmuch, then, as we belong
to the Church, we claim Him as our Sovereign,
and we also share in all the gifts and all
the privileges that He has communicated to His
holy Spouse. As the Church obeys Him, so ought
we to do; as she can never be unfaithful to Him
in the very smallest detail, so ought our devotion
to enter into every action.
Our King also rules over us by our free choice.
We chose Him at our Baptism by the voice of our
Sponsors; we chose Him at our Confirmation by
our own free will; we choose Him by each prayer
we offer, each hymn we utter in His honor, each
aspiration we make to Him to guide and help us,
each time we cry out to Him, My Lord and My
God! Once again, 0 Christ my Lord, I freely choose
Thee as the King to rule my heart, my will, my
intellect, my whole self.