One of the greatest books ever written was Man’s Search for Meaning, by Austrian Psychologist and Doctor, Viktor Frankl. The first half of the book is a recounting of Frankl’s experience in a German concentration camp. As a keen observer of humans, Frankl became interested in trying to determine how it was that some people seemed to endure the torture and suffering better than others.
The result, based upon his previous research, was the topic of meaning. For those who had a sense of meaning or purpose, the concentration camp became something they could endure. Without meaning, they often found themselves unable to cope, some even taking their own lives.
Today’s celebration of Christ the King is indeed one of meaning. Without an understanding of the suffering and death of Jesus, we might struggle to develop a more powerful relationship with him. When we can discover that it is Jesus himself who provides our meaning, then indeed we become really fulfilled.
Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on December 22, 2018.