With Thanksgiving in the United States coming later in the week, some may be working from a different set of texts. Others of you might be balancing Thanksgiving, Reign of Christ, and the tail end of stewardship season this week. God be with you brave souls! But for now, let’s focus on this week’s Reign of Christ-themed texts. There might be something for all of us in them.
It’s the last Sunday of the liturgical year, when we culminate the year by declaring Christ’s reign/rule over the church.
We have David’s last words before his death, prophetically declaring God’s everlasting covenant with him and even likening his own reign to that of God’s. We find David using lofty language to comfort himself in the face of death. God’s dominion and God’s covenant will not fail, even as bodies do.
Psalm 93 gives us a brief treatise on the Lord’s kingship, employing some grand meteorological imagery.
We’ve got options from apocalyptic literature in both the Daniel and Revelation texts.
And we have the Good Friday narrative from John’s gospel: Pilate’s discourse with Jesus.
I imagine that preachers are also still wrestling with how to faithfully address the world’s anguish right now, if you weren’t already crumbling up your first draft and starting over just this past weekend. The beauty about this theme, Reign of Christ, is that it has the potential to speak to a number of issues. Having been first established to counter nationalism, it can speak to us as our nations wrestle with their approaches to Syrian refugees. If you’re doing stewardship, perhaps RoC has something to say about allegiances, priorities, and what/whom it is we serve with our substance. American preachers might want to forgo the more agrarian texts and use RoC to speak about Thanksgiving, the common table, and our ultimate unity across national and cultural borders.
Where are you going with these texts? To what are you aiming to speak this week?