November 22nd Christ the King Sunday



I remember from the times that I used to run Hotels that evacuating the building when the fire alarm went off was often an interesting experience. The rules were quite simple. If the alarm went off then everyone had to leave the building no matter what they were doing. But it was evacuating the restaurant that was usually the most challenging. Because once diners had a meal and a glass of wine in front of them it seemed that there was no way that they were going anywhere- not even if the building was burning down around them. Sometimes it was necessary to be assertive and say “please will you leave the building now”. Someone had to take charge.

There are many alarms sounding in the world today and it is easy to wonder who exactly is in charge? Today the church makes a very bold statement. Today we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. Who is in charge of the World? Christ is we proclaim.

Yet it’s difficult to imagine that anyone, let alone Jesus Christ, is in charge at the moment. The world seems to be in the grip of forces completely beyond its control.

Can the World survive? Will it be war that destroys us, global warming or the collapse of our financial systems? The recent Corona Virus pandemic has given us all a real scare and left us feeling powerless and vulnerable. It is difficult to find evidence that Christ really is King of the world.

And yet whatever the evidence, whatever we feel. Today we say that “Christ is king”. We re -affirm the truth that at the heart of the universe there is a force for peace and justice and love which is stronger than all human forces, which has been from the beginning and will continue to exist until the end of time.

It is part of our human nature to search for meaning in the chaos of life and to want there to be some sort of purpose to existence. We want to know that someone is in charge. Today we remind ourselves that someone is.

Let us pray.

God the Father,

help us to hear the call of Christ the King

and to follow in his service,

whose kingdom has no end;

for he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, one glory. Amen


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