Sermon; Christ the King Sunday: "A King and A Kingdom"

Date: November 25, 2018
Liturgical Day: Christ the King Sunday; Year B

Summary

Most of us are familiar with the sort of kings who rule, or who have ruled, in this world. Powerful. Impressive. Often arbitrarily violent. King Jesus doesn’t fit this mold. He is portrayed in this morning’s Gospel lesson as one who is weak and vulnerable, at the mercy of Pontius Pilate. But as Jesus explains to Pilate, he is a different kind of king. One who rules by life, not violence. One who rules by love, not force.We are invited both to live with him in this kingdom, and to work with him to bring this kingdom into being. Rejecting the ways of violence and force, we embrace Jesus’ vision of love and grace, and trust that this vision, and this vision alone, has the power to transform the world.

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