WORSHIP TOGETHER | Preparing Our Hearts for Virtual Sunday 11/22
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Christ the King (Reign of Christ)
The Revised Common Lectionary passages for the Lord’s Day are:
First Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Second Reading: Ephesians 1:15-23
Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:31-46
The liturgical color for the day is: White
This is Christ the King Sunday. It is the final Sunday on the liturgical calendar year. It is the final Sunday in the journey that moves through Advent’s anticipation, Christmas’ joy, Epiphany’s discovery, Lent’s reflection, Passion’s passion, Easter’s triumph, Pentecost’s power, and Ordinary Time’s growth. It all culminates in this Sunday where we see it is all about Jesus.
It is about Christ as Lord of lords and King of kings. And he alone is worthy. Christ is the worthy one seated on the throne. And his worthiness is what invites us in. We don’t earn our way in, we don’t bargain our way in, and we don’t deserve our way in. The worthiness of Christ is what invites us to the banquet of the Lord’s Table both in the now of the Sacrament and in the later of the great feast of the ages.
Christ is worthy. He alone is worthy. He alone calls us in.
It is not about our being worthy. It is about our living this life worthwhile. Are we living this life worthwhile? Are we living in such a way that our living is worthwhile? And that worthwhile life is the life that is lived seeing the hungry and feeding them. It is the life that is lived giving drink to the thirsty and visiting the needy with our blessing.
The worthwhile life is the Jesus life. What Jesus does is love us. He-loves-us. The love of Jesus is so amazing that he gives up his own life for our sake. That kind of love is a love that welcomes, it is a love that brings us back in, it is a love which holds us and allows us to be the love in this world. We are called to each other.
I love it that in the vision of the great judgement here in Matthew neither the sheep nor the goats are aware of the impact of their actions. How we live when we are unaware has a direct relationship with the worthwhile life we live here and now.
Let us live worthwhile, wearing our masks and physically distant, but worthwhile for we are called to each other always and ever.
Rev. Dr. Daris Bultena
General Presbyter and Stated Clerk