So this Sunday marks the end of the church calendar year. The beginning is of course Advent (the weeks leading up to Christmas). On this Sunday we celebrate "Christ the King."
You see the calendar year of the church is set up so that we celebrate in fullness the cycle of the Christian faith - we remember the anticipation and waiting of the early Hebrews as they heard from their prophets that one day things would be better and the concept of a Messiah took shape. We remember the birth, life, death, resurrection, the period following his resurrection, the gift of the Holy Spirit and the ascension of Christ.into Heaven and finally the idea that Christ will reign again at his second coming. This cycle is broken up by "ordinary time" which is, my friends, anything but ordinary. Although this "ordinary time" is free from any "holidays" it is an especially important time for it is during these Sundays that we are called to respond. It is in these Sundays that our story gets intertwined with the story of Christ. It is on these Sundays that our faith is called out.
The summer / autumn months have the most of these "ordinary" days with Christ the King being the buffer between these "ordinary" days and the advent season. Christ the King brings the cycle to full circle: the totality of our Christian story ending with the idea of the end of days when our Lord will one day take a throne. However, this day (Christ the King Sunday) is also asking us to respond to the here and now.
For, it is asking us to proclaim Christ as our King - not only our King in the realm of Heaven but more importantly our King in the here and now - our King today! For we are called in this life to serve God - we are called as Christians to live out a faithful life in the here and now! We are called not to live by the standards set forth by the secular world but the standards set forth by the God whose love and grace should be available to all.
If we are living with Christ as our King - then we living fully into Christ. We should be blind not to the people around us, not to the injustices that our society creates but instead blind to judgment. Living into loving each other truly and with a full heart. We are called as Christians to transcend the pettiness of this life. So I challenge you this Holiday season to LIVE into Christ's Lordship. Allowing your Spirit to be transformed by love and grace - not by money and presents. Be thankful of your blessings but don't count your blessings by your material possessions but instead by the love and memories you share with those around you. Don't allow the material needs of this season get you down or fill you up but instead walk outside the boundaries of the Earthly realm and all the secular needs that you bow down before and instead declare Christ as your King bringing to all you meet a joyful heart and a season full of hope.
Today too many of us have allowed other rulers to get in the way of our King. Today we have even lost the concept of Christ as our true King.