The Second reading at Mass on Sunday, the feast of Christ the King, speaks of the Lord and his rule.
Grace and peace to you from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the First-born from the dead, the Ruler of the kings of the earth. He loves us and has washed away our sins with his blood, and made us a line of kings, priests to serve his God and Father; to him, then, be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen. It is he who is coming on the clouds; everyone will see him, even those who pierced him, and all the races of the earth will mourn over him. This is the truth. Amen. ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega’ says the Lord God, who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.
In the passage we too are treated with honour: offered a greeting of peace and grace; loved, redeemed, made ourselves into a line of kings and priests, servants to God the Father. We are in him and he in us. In the last book of our Bible, human beings have been restored to the image and likeness of God. In the Bible’s first book we read how we were created in that image and likeness, but in between beginning and end that image and likeness is seen as in jeopardy. Only in Christ is our human nature scured and secured.
- Where/ how am I less than human?
- Where/how today can I lay fresh claim to God’s grace for my salvation?
12th C image of Christ triumphant over sin and death. Shobdon, Herts. (Photograph of plaster cast in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum). (c) 2007, Allen Morris.