The Collect for this final Sunday in Ordinary Time is the Collect for the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. The liturgical year doesn’t simply come to an end, but rather it concludes by celebrating Jesus as King over all of creation:
Almighty, ever-living God,
whose will is to restore all things
in your beloved Son, the King of the universe,
grant, we pray,
that the whole creation, set free from slavery,
may render your majesty service
and ceaselessly proclaim your praise.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever. Amen.
It is God’s will that all of creation, created both through and for his Son (“…through him all things were made,” as we profess in the Creed), should be restored through and for his Son. That’s the reason that Jesus came into the world: to restore all of creation in himself. Ever since the original sin of Adam & Eve in the Garden of Eden, man has been a slave to sin. Through the forgiveness of sin merited for us by Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross, we have been freed from slavery to sin. In this Collect we pray that the whole of creation, set free from slavery to sin by Jesus, may render appropriate praise and service to the majesty of God, who both created and redeemed us through his Son.
As we come to the close of the liturgical year, take this Collect to prayer with you this week, and ask God to show you what it means for Jesus to be the King of the universe, the king of all of creation, “of all things visible and invisible” (again, the Creed). Acknowledging Jesus as King over everything means making ourselves subject to him. Pray this week that you will allow Jesus to reign in your heart so that you can ceaselessly proclaim the praise of God.
God bless you,