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.
Second reading for Solemnity of Christ the King
What a greeting! What love.
How worthy are we to receive it, and respond to it?
Today’s feast is the last Sunday before we begin the season of Advent – a time for quiet preparation for the festivities of Christmas.
What is there that is false within us, that we can allow to fall away before the loving compassion of the coming Christ?
Detail of Apse window. St Martin’s in the Bull Ring, Birmingham. (c) 2014, Allen Morris