Yesterday was the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King. During the Homily, Father told about the new parish Catholic school formed four years ago, and the water-torture decision making to choose a mascot for the school. Finally, "Monarchs" was chosen. Confusion sometimes occurs people ask why a football team might agree to be named after butterflies, although the symbol of the school is clearly a crown. He went on to describe the connection to "King of Heaven" and talk about Jesus as King.
I think, however, he sells the Monarch butterfly short, and it is a worthy symbol for a Catholic institution. Why? The Monarch caterpillar has to die to its old life to transform, reborn again as something glorious. It is a great symbol of sacrifice and faith. Late in the season, Monarchs, the longest living and farthest flying butterflies on the planet, escape the desolate earth and descend into the heat of Mexico and rest there. Come spring, the same Monarch begins a journey to paradise, but never makes it. Instead, three generations fly the distance, make the ultimate sacrifice and lay eggs of the next generation, dying before the sixth generation of Monarchs finally arrive at their summer grounds.
The Monarch is also bright orange, signaling to other insects and animals not to mess with it: it's poisonous. Other butterflies try to imitate it's coloring, but none can match it. They serve a purpose in our ecology and bring beauty to our world.
As for political monarchs, which have sacrificed so much to be reborn to the new? Which live their lives so peacefully, fulling their God given purpose?