What would it be like to see Christ the King through Mary’s eyes? I imagine she sees her beloved Son as one who asks only that we accept and share God’s mercy. This is Christ’s gift to us and the gift he asks of us. In this time of protests, civic divisions, pandemic spread with its long illness, isolation, and death, Mary must remember how her son, our Lord, once experienced loneliness, fear and great suffering and so he invites us to bring our concerns to him. As we end the liturgical year and move toward Advent and winter, let us remember that Christ’s power yields both justice and mercy and let us for and work toward a just and compassionate society.