So - we nearly made it to the end of the lectionary year!
Readings this coming week are:
Ezekiel 34: 11-16, 20-24
Ephesians 1: 15-23
Matthew 25: 31-46
I feel really uncomfortable about the theme of 'judgement' - but it's inescapable.
But I think I want to focus on our judgement.
It seems to me that the last few weeks have all been building up to this - wise or foolish virgins; thankful, hard-working slaves or head-in-the-sand people; sheep or goats. It's not so much about God's judgement of us (and certainly not about condemnation) but about our choices, our discernment.
If, in the end we discern that Christ is King, this has HUGE implications for our lives - this means following Christ is not just a leisure option but the basis for our whole lives.
And if Christ is King then Advent (starting next week!) is also a BIG THING - not just a messenger from God but the message made flesh.
More to follow when I've calmed down a bit!