Welcoming a King

If you are hosting a holiday gathering, it is likely you are cooking, cleaning, and making sure that everything is presentable for your guests. But what are you doing this Christmas to prepare for the coming of a king?

Marge Fenelon, a regular Relevant Radio® contributor, stopped by Morning Air® to discuss why we should not just prepare for Jesus’ coming as a baby this Christmas, but also His coming as a king.

“We’re welcoming a king,” Fenelon said. “Our homes become His kingdom, our hearts become His throne. This is regal.”

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But as people who do not come in contact with royalty on a regular basis, how can we know how to prepare for the arrival of the King of Kings? Fenelon suggested that we look to the past to help us. “When you think about medieval times, they did so much to welcome a king. Things were prepared – the clothing, the atmosphere, everything had to be just right,” she said. “And here comes our King. Are we ready? Are we thinking in terms of how to welcome Him?”

But before you go out to buy some fine china, remember that the most important preparation is preparing our souls for the coming of Christ at Christmas. “He’s so unique compared to any other official, because He is ‘The King,'” Fenelon said. So how should we clean up that throne? “The sacraments and some prayers just asking for the grace to  have that throne ready for the King.”

Fenelon also suggested that in addition to preparing our hearts, we should also prepare our homes in a tangible way, to show that we are welcoming Christ the King. She said, “As human beings, we need the externals to help the internals. We need the symbols and the atmosphere so that our hearts can become in tune with that and be ready. Not that we have to be Better Homes and Gardens, but there should be some semblance of someone important coming. Do you have something in your home that will symbolize that the King is coming and will dwell with you when He comes on Christmas?”

No matter how you prepare to welcome the King, remember that He is a King who became poor for love of you. God took on our humanity so that we could all be reunited with Him forever. Fenelon said, “This King is just eager, yearning for us to approach Him. And He wants us to stay and come closer to Him.”

Listen to the full conversation below:

Morning Air can be heard weekdays from 6:00 – 9:00 a.m. Eastern/3:00 – 6:00 a.m. Pacific on Relevant Radio.

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Stephanie Foley serves as a Digital Media Producer at Relevant Radio®. She is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she studied journalism, and she has worked in Catholic radio for 12 years. Stephanie is a wife, a mother of three boys, and in her free time she enjoys reading, running, and really good coffee. You can find more of Stephanie’s writing at relevantradio.com and on the free Relevant Radio mobile app.