25 and 26 November 2017 Christ the King, Ordinary Time Year A, Homily
First Corinthians 15,20-26,28
My sisters and brothers in Christ.
We celebrate today the feast of Christ the King.
The image of Jesus as King is linked with the image of King as “shepherd”.
The prophet Ezekiel today speaks to the failure of the “human” kings that have lead God’s people.
Ezekiel prophesies that the LORD will over as King since the flock has suffered because of the human “King-Shepherds” who did not attend the flock properly.
Ezekiel promises that the weak, the scattered, the lost, the injured, the sick will be cared for when the LORD replaces the the ineffective and uncaring kings.
Endings are usually the beginning of something new.
Matthew’s Gospel today speaks about
a separation or sorting,
a judgment and
a punishment or reward.
Jesus, the Gospel today tells us, will come in glory with his angels (who bring even more glory to the scene) and he will sit on his “glorious” throne and all the nations will be assembled before him.
This language accentuates the “glory” the Father gives to his obedient son who lays down his life for his sheep.
The Son of Man separates the assembly like a Shepherd separates “sheep and goats.”
The separation element is indeed painful.
Those who were strong, in charge, privileged and gifted with power could not “see” the face of Jesus in those who were weak, sick, powerless, imprisoned, scattered and or lost.
The “blindness” of the powerful is understandable if shocking.
The powerful become enchanted and addicted to their power, control, preoccupation with self and maintaining a secure, and if possible, comfortable grasp and control on whatever kingdom happens to require their allegiance.
Jesus cuts through the control, the power and the blindness.
Jesus forces those who are on his “left” to “see” their short sighted view, their blind spots, the coldness of their dead hearts.
Paul today speaks about God in Christ “being all in all”.
God is “all in all” when we are able to see in the eyes of
the Christ who conquers sin, disease, fear, isolation, hatred, divisions (real and imagined).
God is “all in all” and “all” in everyone when we see others with the eyes of “faith”.
The “eyes of faith” allow us to see in others the Christ, the ONE who
gave up power,
embraced our weakness and
presents us to the Father.
We are presented to the Father as sharers in the glory of the Son who helps us to see the divine presence in whatever
that is presented to us.
May we today, “see” and share in the glory of the Father, Son and Spirit.