This is the last Sunday before Advent, which is also called Christ the King Sunday or Reign of Christ Sunday. It’s a time when we’re meant to reflect on how Christ rules the world. It’s a Sunday when we have to ask how God or Christ can rule the world, when so few let Jesus rule their hearts. I’m not talking about people who don’t claim to be Christians, but people who do claim to be Christians.
Jeremiah is written about the “shepherds” of the community who mislead their community. Colossians praises Christ but it also encourages us to call on the strength of Jesus so we can be like the saints of light. Luke tells the story of the two criminals at the crucifixion as Jesus is taunted by one and appealed to by the other.
The question here is “How are the priests misleading the people?” Take out a piece of paper and write down all the ways you can think of where pastors, priests, rabbis, imams have misled their flock. Many of these will have appeared in the international and national news, but also think about local scandals. One of the reasons these are so scandalous is because we believe they should be better than the average human. So take time and figure out the human causes of the scandals.
Now reflect on how these priestly failings creep into your life.
I want to put the focus on Christ as the head of the church in verse 18. Go to images.google.com and enter “Christ the King line art” for a base image. Print out one you like and color it in while thinking about what it means for Christ to be the king. When you’re done with the image, write your thoughts in the background as either large words to represent your thoughts or in sentences written around the image.
I’m drawing today’s reflection on the three crosses from Scripture and how they are reflected in the worship space at Metropolitan AME in Washington, D.C. There is a large cross for Jesus at the center, but a smaller cross on each side. Each of us has inside of us both the unbelieving criminal and the believing criminal so today’s project is to draw a cross with Jesus on it in the center and a smaller cross for yourself at each side. Make one the doubter and fill the space with your doubts. Make the other the believer and write what you believe about Jesus.