Week of November 22, 2020

While there are many days of the Christian year whose motto could be the quote from Julian of Norwich, “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well,” a good contender for the top spot could be this Sunday, the last Sunday after Pentecost, aka “Christ the King Sunday.”
Christ the King Sunday represents the last Sunday of the liturgical year, with a new year beginning the Sunday following with the start of the season of Advent. As such, the readings tend towards the apocalyptic and the “end times.” This year, the Gospel reading is the “Apocalypse of Matthew” featuring the Son of Man sorting of the nations into “sheep” and “goats” depending on how they treated the “least of these who are members of my family.” (Mt 25:40)
While the word “apocalyptic” tends to carry with it the connotation of something terrible (i.e. “post-apocalyptic”) the word actually just means “something revealed.” What Scripture reveals to us isn’t some dire wasteland full of mutants or zombies or guys in leather harnesses driving around spiked cars, but rather the fulfillment of the kingdom of God under the rule of our savior Jesus Christ, a loving God who continues to watch over us and guide us until that day.
So we end the (liturgical) year on a high note, celebrating with gratitude the knowledge that has been revealed that in the end, Christ is in control and all, as they say, shall be well.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+