Brothers and Sisters,

In our gospel this weekend, the Kingdom and Kingship of Jesus are set in the counter-cultural context of the cross. As startling as this is, it may be a good shot of realism for those of us who struggle through life. The King we celebrate today bears little resemblance to our royal stereotypes. He knew almost no glory in his life, and his Kingdom was hard earned through suffering and death. 

This is the kind of king we can approach with confidence, for he knows our pain and our need for forgiveness.  What a comforting thought!



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