Scripture for this Sunday (“Christ the King,” or “Reign of Christ”):
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Psalm 95:1-7a; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46
Those of us who have been immigrants have learned, one would hope, three things: to remember to act as a guest in one’s adopted home; to be respectful of its traditions and customs; to make a contribution, according to one’s abilities.
We live in God’s Kingdom, as a current reality that was instituted by Jesus. It will have some future culmination, but this should not distract us from living and acting in the present.
We pray, “Let your Kingdom come, let your will be done,” but all too often we act as though God alone is responsible for abiding by God’s will, and in contradiction to the description of that will.
Living in the Kingdom as immigrants means we are God’s guests, subject to traditions and customs whose spirit we find in the teaching of Jesus and the scripture that underpinned his ministry, constantly striving to make whatever contribution we can, according to our God-given gifts.
This final Sunday in our church year reminds us to draw upon the story embodied in its seasons as an illustrative framework within which our life as citizens of God’s Kingdom can be shaped and formed.