A reflection for the week
In the film ‘The Shoes of the Fisherman’ (1968) a young priest is questioned regarding his possibly heretical thoughts on Christ ‘What think you of Christ? Who is he?’
I think, perhaps, that the manner in which we view the kingship of Christ – of who and what he is – will depend upon the complex social, historical and psychological factors which underlie the expression of our religious belief. To some, Jesus is the ultimate humanitarian figure, the advocate for the poor and disadvantaged: to others, he is an intellectual king, the man who outwitted those who tried to catch him out and to yet others, he is a mystical figure, the transcendent Christ not only of the transfiguration but also the Christ of the resurrection and ascension, the king who told Pilate that his kingdom was not of this world.
We cannot particularise, we cannot exclude, divide or classify creation when we preach the Kingdom of Christ, the cosmic Christ – that Christ
Who is the Christ of the rich and supercilious
Who is the Christ of the poor and down-trodden
Who is the Christ of the unbeliever and the communist
Who is the Christ of the prisoner, the murderer and the thief
Who is the Christ of the gay, the Lesbian and the transgender
Who is the Christ of the Jew, the Muslim, the Hindu and the Buddhist
Who is the Christ in whom all things exist
And who is the Christ in whom all things will have their end.
What think you of Christ?
Who is he?
Deacon Douglas Macmillan
Collect for the week
whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven
that he might rule over all things as Lord and King:
keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace,
and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.