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Nov 23 2018

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Pew Leaflet Sunday 25 November 2018

REFLECTION FOR THE WEEK:

This last Sunday of the Liturgical Calendar always focuses on the Reign of Christ and seeks to remind us that Christ is a Monarch, but of a very different kind, who rules over a realm of a very different kind…

Through the Scriptures we see a growing awareness of what it means to call Christ "King". In the early parts of the Old Testament, God’s Reign was seen as very much like human empires, but bigger and more powerful. The dominant idea in these passages is that God destroys God’s enemies, and crushes all opposition in order to create a world of justice and peace…

At first glance this language also seems to be about power through dominance and violence, but when we place it alongside the teachings of Jesus, we see a different picture. In Jesus, the Reign of God is revealed to be peaceful, merciful, compassionate and just. Yes, evil is confronted, but always from a place of love for enemies. And, yes, God’s Reign is proclaimed as the ultimate authority that will overcome all others, but not through violence and destruction. Rather, it is through the cross – the sacrificial, serving, loving way of Christ – that God’s Reign floods the world… God’s Reign is a kingdom of power sharing, empowering the weakest and most vulnerable. It is a kingdom in which generosity, compassion, sharing, service and sacrifice for one another are the norm. And it is a realm that exists now, in the midst of our human power systems, and to which everyone is invited.

How can you embrace this “heavenly” kingdom in your own life today?

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Pentecost B27 – 25 Nov.pdf

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