In Solidarity with Jesus and His Mission

Stations of the Cross @ Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala

  • Back to The Future

    With future in front of us I begin anew with this blog.  The Delorean is ready to go and programmed.  We await the future with anxious anticipation. Read more

  • Laura’s Plant

    With all the ‘remembering’ of 9-11-01, I find that I grow weary and sometimes forget what it is I am supposed to remember.  All the getting older jokes aside…it really un-nerves me.  John Patton, in his book Pastoral Care in Context, talks about ‘re-membering’ people and events back into your life – not to make… Read more

  • Impunity Does Not Imply Immunity

    ‘Another World’ and ‘Days of Our Lives’ filled my noontime agenda at one time in my life.  ‘Another World’ is no longer on-air so I look forward to an hour catching up with the ‘Days of Our Lives’ from time to time.  The main characters are mostly the same, the younger ones are new to… Read more

  • Bondage of the Will

    So it goes…at 12:01 am on 6/17/2011 we filed into the 2D version ($4 cheaper than 3D) of Green Lantern.  The story was familiar, the 21st Century Hollywood twist was not.  Action packed, thrills of dogfights with F35’s and the classic good v. evil.  In the end the super hero defends the planet, reconciles with… Read more

  • Marked for Life

    So we begin on the 40 Day journey toward Easter. My words are insignificant so on this Ash Wednesday I share a poem by Walter Brueggemann: Marked by Ashes Ruler of the Night, Guarantor of the day . . . This day — a gift from you. This day — like none other you have ever given,… Read more

  • Taste Communities

    Fifteen years ago I began the trek toward ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  Turns out it was part of God’s plan for my life long before I was born.  Nevertheless, this trek yielded a new call for my life – to be a Minister of the Church of Christ in the… Read more

Christ The King

We don’t often talk of kings much anymore in the US. After all we have been involved with this experiment called a democracy for a couple of centuries. In this form of government, there are no kings and are extensive guards and laws to prevent even our elected folks from acting like a king. So it seems a paradox to talk of Our King…in the midst of a nation devoted to non-kings. What sets Jesus Christ apart from all brands and notions of earthly kings is the fact that is both human and God. Earthly kings have merely been trying to play a god, yet Our King is God.

When earthly kings – all powers and principalities for that matter – make their decrees and rules, they can carry both good and bad news. Our King always decrees and rules with the Gospel – Good News! Jesus’ message is one of proclamation that frees the soul, enlivens the spirit, and assures equality. No matter of salvation can be promised or assured by earthly kings because it comes from above – God alone.

Within our celebratory calendar is Christ The King Sunday. This year it is November 22, 2020. As the Holy Spirit gathers us, we once again give thanks and praise to God, who sent Jesus the Christ into the world to win salvation. He did not do that by lording over us like earthly kings do – but by ministering in the day to day lives of His people. He experienced the whims and violent acts of earthly kings and emperors, until one day he was executed.

Our King – Jesus Christ – whom we honor through faithful discipleship – deserves this recognition day because He literally went through death and hell to sit where he was destined to sit. Our King – sits where no earthly king can. Thanks be to God!

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