Christ the King Sunday

Christ the King Sunday November 24, 2019

Almighty and everlasting God,
whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son,
the King of kings and Lord of lords:

Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth,
divided and enslaved by sin,

may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule;

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God,
now and for ever.

Amen. BCP

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  • Christiane Smith

    “For the feast of Christ the King, Anglican priest Malcolm Guite writes a sonnet about the ‘disconnect’ between the Church and the ‘hidden King, clothed in humility’:

    “Mathew 25: 31-46

    Our King is calling from the hungry furrows
    Whilst we are cruising through the aisles of plenty,
    Our hoardings screen us from the man of sorrows,
    Our soundtracks drown his murmur: ‘I am thirsty’.
    He stands in line to sign in as a stranger
    And seek a welcome from the world he made,
    We see him only as a threat, a danger,
    He asks for clothes, we strip-search him instead.
    And if he should fall sick then we take care
    That he does not infect our private health,
    We lock him in the prisons of our fear
    Lest he unlock the prison of our wealth.
    But still on Sunday we shall stand and sing
    The praises of our hidden Lord and King.”

    my own thought is that in reading the Holy Gospel of St. Matthew, we might take to heart the words that tell us to look for Our Lord, clothed in humility, present among those who are suffering in our world. When we reach out to them, we reach out to Him.