The Feast of Christ the King
Revelation 1:5-8. Be sure to read the other readings, for broader context.
Jesus says in the Gospel reading for this Sunday that his kingdom does not belong to this world, and it is (in part) because of this that we talk about the Church and its members in the way that we do.
We say that we are to be in the world, but not of the world. That we are a people set apart.
We are a people taken out of every nation, to be one people, members of this kingdom that is not of this world, and we are to be different from it. We are to be like Jesus, who reflected the Father to the world. We, too, are to reflect God to the world.
We can see the full magnitude of Christ’s action for us on Calvary laid out in our second reading: He loved us, freed us from our sins by his death, made us into a kingdom, made us priests for his God and Father.
What do we do because we were taken out of the world and marked to be different from it because we belong to Christ’s kingdom?
Most obviously to most are the things that we refrain from doing, but do we actively do - in our daily lives? How does Christ’s sacrifice for us (both corporately and as individuals) change us and make us different?
Christ our King,
Great is your love for us. We are thankful for all that you have done for us. For your condescension to be with us. For your ministry among us. For your death on the cross to pay for a debt that we could never cover.
Help us to live for you and you alone. Let it be that our lives are a continual thank offering to you, and that we are ever being transformed by your love for us.
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