Posts from November 2018

Posts from November 2018

CHRIST THE KING

Today is the final Sunday of the Christian Church year, sometimes called Christ the King Sunday.   We find ourselves fittingly aware of the last days. We know the King is coming soon, but we are not given to forecast the day or the hour. For most of us – especially for us Americans – maybe it’s a challenge to identify with Jesus as our King.    After all, we don’t have…

SAINTS TRIUMPHANT

The final Sundays of the church year traditionally focus on the final judgment.  In more recent years, this particular Sunday in the church year is also called “Saints Triumphant.”  We think of moving hymn verses such as: For all the saints who from their labors rest, All who their faith before the world confessed, Your name, O Jesus, be forever blessed,  Alleluia! But…

JUDGMENT DAY EVERY DAY

These final Sundays of the time-honored, liturgical church year point us to the end of this present world and to the day of God’s just judgment.    Jesus’ disciples once asked:  “When will these things be?” Jesus answered:  “Of that day and hour knoweth no man.” In another sense, there is a judgment that goes on every day.  Here we stand on our clump of dust in our own…

GRACE NOTES

As we near the end of the church year, our thoughts turn to the end of all things.  We instinctively picture ourselves and others before the great throne on that last day.  Who will enter that eternal kingdom and who will not? Our own times are awash in what we might call universalism, the sentimental idea that merely dying entitles a person to enter heaven, that…