November 24

Feast of Christ the King

Reflection

To the disappointment of some of his contemporaries, Jesus was not interested in being a political figure or powerful worldly leader. The passion of Jesus’ life was to bring about not his reign but the reign of God, a world in which people were united in God’s love, compassion, justice and peace.  It was a vision of wholeness. Each person’s individual conversion was an integral part of it. He preached it, he lived it, and he died for it. The vision remains for us who call ourselves Christian. The question is, ”Do we live it and do our lives preach it?”

Prayer

Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth

Action

How would my life be different if I tried to live out Jesus’ vision of God’s reign?
To what does this call me?

Suggested Reading

Then he said, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it?  It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it  And again he said, To what shall I liken the kingdom of God?It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.”
Luke 13: 18 -21

The kingdom of God is within you.
Luke 17:20 – 21

The only significance of life consists in helping to establish the kingdom of God; and this can be done only by means of the acknowledgment and profession of the truth by each one of us.
Tolstoy

If you were on trial for being a Christian would you be convicted?
Anonymous

The ‘kingdom of Heaven’ is a condition of the heart – not something that comes ‘upon the earth’ or ‘after death.’
Friedrich Nietzsche

The Kingdom of Heaven is not a place, but a state of mind.
John Burroughs

When I say ‘hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come,” I should be adding in my mind the words “in and through me,” and so giving myself to God afresh to be, so far as I can be, the means of answering my own prayer. And when I say “thy will be done,” I should mean this as a prayer that I, along with the rest of God’s people, may learn to be obedient
.J.I. Packer

 

 

 

 

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