Rev. Chelsea Simon
Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 9:00am and 10:30am
It is hard to believe that yet another year is coming to a close. No, I don’t mean it’s 2020 already. This Sunday marks the end of the liturgical or church year. Next Sunday, we will again start the journey of following Jesus through his birth, life, death and resurrection.
The texts this week are not easy ones. We read not only about Jesus’s crucifixion but of the cruel way in which he is taunted and mocked.
Upon first reading, this text doesn’t seem to speak to our current situation. Isn’t it already Christmas season? I have friends who have already put up their Christmas tree, who have taken pictures with Santa, who are singing carols. And to be honest, part of me wants to bypass this week too. Jesus on the cross doesn’t exactly provide us with Thanksgiving dinner talking points.
Additionally, this Sunday is liturgically known as Christ the King Sunday. Which really seems outside our normal, every day reality. Perhaps it has us questioning, “does the church even understand?”
But I think these texts have something deep and powerful to tell us. We are called to identify the “something more” that is going on here. We are challenged to recognize the Kingdom of God that is constantly being revealed…even (and maybe especially) being revealed on the cross.
I hope to see you at 8am, 9am or 10:30am.
Peace in Christ,