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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 23, 2014

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SUNDAY, November 23       Last Sunday after Pentecost

      Christ the King

Matthew 25:35-36 [Jesus said], “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”

Jesus is a strange king. Matthew minces no words: the Son of Man, Jesus himself, will sit on the heavenly throne judging the world. That’s some deeply royal imagery. Clearly there is a connection to King David and Israel’s long-awaited return to glory. But what kind of king is this?

This is a king who is vulnerable, weak, powerless, and needy. A king who is naked and his own subjects clothed him—what an odd idea! This is not what we assume a king would be like and, I doubt, neither did the crowd in Jesus’ day. Kings are supposed to be powerful, rich, resplendent, and gloriously free to make their own way in the world as they see fit. They are not supposed to be prisoners who are visited by their followers.

And yet, as we celebrate Christ the King this Sunday, may we always remember the upside-down kingdom of God. May we embrace our weak king and in him, find strength.

Pray for The Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain

Ps 100 and Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 – OR – Ps 95:1-7a and Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46

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