Pondering for Sunday, November 22, 2020

Part 1 of 2

Daily Office Readings for Sunday of Proper 29: Year 2

AM Psalm 118; PM Psalm 145:
Zechariah 9:9to161 Peter 3:13to 22Matthew 21:1to13:

“Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”  (Matthew 21:5)

I could not help but to use this verse given that today is Christ the King Sunday.  Jesus borrows these words from Zechariah 9:9, which is also part of our reading for today. Matthew has Jesus bring these words back to our memory in true Matthew form as the evangelist wants to show that our Lord Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law, the Prophets and the scriptures.  Indeed, my beloved of the Lord, our King, is coming.

Part 2 of 2

New Testament Readings for Christ the King Sunday: Year A

Ephesians 1:15-23;  Matthew 25:31-46:

“Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:34)

Again, the “king” language is used.  So, I use it too.  We, Americans fought a war to rid ourselves of being under a king.  Therefore, we probably have negative feelings about being under a king, even today.  But I would call our attention to the kind of kingdom God is calling us to.

 It is a kingdom prepared for us from the foundation of the world. It is a kingdom of rest and peace.  It is a kingdom of “no more tears.”  Right now we live in a world of both sheep and goats; of wheat and chaff. But at the Resurrection, there will be a great separation.  Those who have self-identified as sheep by a life of self-denial, (not just for the sake of self-denial, but), in order to serve others, will be placed on the right side of God Almighty, which is where our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ resides.  It will be a wonderful place with a never ending table of nourishment and comfort. Let those who have ears listen, learn; love and live.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to, and through, the saints of God, and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John

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