20 November 2013

Christ the King - 24 November 2013

This Sunday has many names: Cristo Rey, Christus Rex, Christ the King, The Reign of Christ. It is a day that explores Christ’s kingship and awesome power over earth and heaven. But this power is not used in the way we might expect.

We are used to hearing stories about powerful kings and leaders who demand obedience and take terrible revenge on those who do not obey. God's king is different. God's king forgives.

The Bible readings for the day explore this theme:

  • in Jeremiah, we hear that while earthly kings may oppress or neglect their people, God’s king will take care of us and nuture us, just as a shepherd takes care of the sheep.
  • St Paul describes the Christ, the cosmic ruler, through whom all things were created, who welcomes us into the kingdom of God, forgives our sins and sets us free.
  • the Gospel according to St Luke describes the day of Christ’s crucifixion. As he hung dying on the cross under the sign, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews”, Christ prayed for his executioners, saying: “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”

To be a subject of Christ the King is to be forgiven. Christ said to the repentent thief: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Christus Rex by Fr Lawrence OP www.flickr.com
We will be celebrating Christ the King at St Mary Magdalene's this Sunday. You are most welcome to join us. 

When: Sunday 24 November 2013
9am: Sung Mass with Godly Play for the children and contemporary music
10.30am: High Mass with incense, traditional hymns and choir
Where: St Mary Magdalene’s is in Moore Street, Adelaide.

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