Texts: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46
Today we celebrate one of the metaphors for Jesus that has stuck with us most strongly: the image of Christ the King. Even in a world where the only kings we know are either figureheads with no real power or ruthless dictators, we hold onto this metaphor and treasure it as a hope for the future. We call this the festival of the Reign of Christ (or Christ the King Sunday) because today we celebrate the fact that it will be Jesus—our teacher, the one whom we follow—who will be the one to preside over that final judgment. This year, we celebrate it by telling this uncomfortable story.