Today, the Feast of the Reign of Christ, is a celebration of who Jesus is for us. As I said earlier we gather together all of the themes we have remembered and celebrated through the previous 12 months – the birth of Jesus, his baptism, his ministry among us, his suffering, death and resurrection, and then the gift of the Spirit at Pentecost. Christ’s mission was to bring about a new way of living – called the kingdom of God, the kingdom of heaven – and here, and on this day we can celebrate that there is this way of God, and there is the Christ in whom we can believe. We can proclaim Christ, the King, Christ is our hope. And today we do this in the context of our reflections this year on war and peace: our hope as Christians for peace and it would seem the determination of many in the world, to wage war and descend into violence.
The gospel reading we have heard today goes to the heart of this clash of world views – the way of the world on the one hand and the way of Christ, on the other. Read more →