The King of Glory
God is King!
prophetic declaration deeply resonated in the heart of St. Francis of
Psalm 24 also poses a
IS the King of glory?
It is a question to which the Lady Clare responded:
IT IS THE LORD!
Jesus truly was the ruling force in the Seraphic
Motherís life. She lived obedient
to Him and according
to His Will. She was open to
the guidance of His Holy Spirit, docile to His holy way of working in
her soul, in her community, in the ecclesial and social currents of her
St. Clare lived with a graciousness and nobility befitting one espoused to the King of heaven. She was sensitive to His Presence at prayer, at work, and even as she recreated with her Sisters. In fact, Clare was always on the lookout for King Jesus, so much so that as she lay dying, she turned to one of her Sisters and asked, the King of glory Do you, daughter, see as I do?
But what about us, who live in an age far removed from that of
St. Clare, in a society in
which royalty has little to do with daily life?
Firstly, we can learn from St. Clareís FAITH.
We can experience life as she did, as an unending procession of
events flowing from the hand of a merciful King and leading to His
Heart. We can make our own
the liturgical refrain which unequivocally declares,
of all the ages, Your ways are perfect and true!
Then we can
expand our understanding of prayer as homage to the Great King.
Perhaps we can even take up St. Paulís magnificent hymn to
Christ the King and make it an integral part of our prayer:
To the King of ages,
invisible, the only God,
be honor and glory
forever and ever. Amen!
Clare Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy