Christ the King
November 15, 2022
This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, a point of culmination, bringing our liturgical year to a close, preparing us to begin a new liturgical year, awakening in us eschatological (Second Coming) hope.
The kingship of Jesus is indeed different from all other kingships. The kingships of this world are largely kingships of power. Some, on a good day, are kingships of service (I think of the King of Belgium!). The kingship Jesus is a kingship of love--powerful love, but love. Any power in his reign (and there is power, for he is all-powerful) is at the service of love. The kingdom of God is Jesus navigating and awakening the human heart.
What is Jesus’ purpose as king, some may ask? His purpose is to love us into the mystery of God. And, although we would advise Him otherwise, He allows bad and sad things, for this greater good. As hard as it is to fathom at times, He reigns even in our brokenness. How hopeful and liberating to know and to be granted to experience, on our personal journeys, and on our communal journey here at Ascension and Saint Agnes.
When we pray, “Thy kingdom come”, we give Jesus permission to reign in our hearts, in our broken hearts, knowing, in faith, how awesome a King we have. Even when do not realize it, He is navigating and awakening our hearts, loving us into the mystery of God. Something amazing is happening deep inside us. If only we trust, and yield in love. We have every reason to hope, not to be discouraged. His kingdom comes. And “His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away.” (Daniel 7:14)
Yours in Him,
THE REV. DOMINIQUE PERIDANS