Collect for the Solemnity of Christ the King
Almighty ever-living God,
whose will is to restore all things
in your beloved Son, the King of the universe,
grant, we pray,
that the whole creation, set free from slavery,
may render your majesty service
and ceaselessly proclaim your praise.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
The Gospel of yesterday – the judgement of humankind, and separation of them out to those blessed by the Father, and those who are to depart with their own curse on them – can put the frighteners on us.
Fear is often a paralysing and debilitating thing, which inhibits life and love. It keeps us from the truth of things and confines us to the prison of our own worst imaginings.
The Collect for yesterday provides a healthy and helpful reminder of the reason for the teaching of Jesus about Judgement. It is offered here, now, to help us respond to it. To know afresh what love is, and the consequence of selfishness, here, now. And his love shown to us even in the telling is offered to assist us to what is good and best, and possible!
If the Lord knocks down, he does it to build up, and – together with us – to build up better.
- What new thing might you do to cooperate with God’s love for you and for your neighbour?
- What help might you provide to others to hear of the love of the Lord?
Building work. Paris, Left Bank. (c) 2017, Allen Morris