Monday, 17 November 2008

Christ the King

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!

1 comment:

Julyan said...

Seems to me - and not wishing to confuse you or over-excite you as you're trying to calm down - that thinking of Christ as king demands we think very seriously about what sort of king we mean. A servant king is something very different from what pops into most people's heads when we think of monarchs. What does it mean to be followers of the servant? What does it mean to share in a "rule" of sacrificial love? Anyway, only returned to your blog really cos I was wondering how you are.