This Sunday is known as “Christ the King”, the last Sunday in that time we call “ordinary” and the last of the Church Year. What can we say about our Lord Jesus as “King” we who have no king? Here is a thought from Blessed John Henry Newman:
“There are three favored servants of God in particular, special types of the Savior to come, men raised from low estate to great honor, in whom it was his will that his pastoral office should be thus literally fulfilled. And the first is Jacob, father of the patriarchs, who appeared before Pharaoh. …And what was his employment? the care of sheep. ….Who is more favored than Jacob, who was exalted to be a Prince with God, and to prevail by intercession? Yet, you see, he is a shepherd, to image to us the mystical and true Shepherd and Bishop of should who was to come.
“The second is Moses who while he was keeping the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law, saw the Angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in the bush, And the third is David, the man after God’s own heart. He was found among the sheep.
“Jacob endured, Moses meditated – and David wrought. …Christ, too, not only suffered with Jacob, and was in contemplation with Moses, but fought and conquered with David. David defended his father’s sheep at Bethlehem; Christ, born and heralded to shepherds at Bethlehem, suffered on the Cross in order to conquer. … Jacob was not as David, nor David as Jacob nor either of them as Moses; but Christ was all three, as fulfilling all types, the lowly Jacob, the wise Moses, the heroic David, all in one – Priest, Prophet and King. ….Blessed are they who resolve that he shall be their Lord and Master, their King and God!”