Christ the King

Ez 34:11-12 & 15-17; 1 Cor 15:20-26 & 28; Mt 25:31-46 (Year A)

 ”After that will come the end, when Christ hands over the Kingdom of God to the Father, having done away with every sovereignty, authority and power. And when everything has been subjected to him, then the Son himself will be subject in turn to the one who subjected all things to him, so that God may be all in all.”

St Paul uses the language and ritual of the imperial court in an attempt to describe something beyond words, but whose triumph awaits us all: the final proclamation of Christ as King.

In a world where fundamental human rights are frequently disregarded, we cherish, above every other right, the freedom to choose how our lives shall be lived.

Throughout history powers beyond the control of any individual have threatened that freedom and subjected whole nations to tyranny. Other powers, less overt, but equally destructive, have blighted the hopes of many: greed, pride, jealousy, anger and lust, to name but a few. We would be naïve to dismiss these as mere abstractions. We can surrender ourselves to their power and domination.

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