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Reflection for Sunday 24th November

My dear Friends


Today is the feast of Christ the King. I just had a quick look at all the images of Christ the King on the web. Interestingly, though not surprisingly, he is dressed in royal robes, crowned and seated on a golden throne...but...his kingdom is not of this world.

My mind drifts back to Tabenken, Cameroon, to Chief Thomas. Chief Thomas was the ‘king’ of the Wimbum tribe where I was privileged to live and minister for a number of years. As Chief, he was the custodian, the embodiment, and the collective identity of all the traditions, sacred and temporal values of the tribe. He was the High Priest and intermediary for the members of the tribe with the ancestors and the ancestral world. He was the sacred bridge between the temporal and divine.  In the feast of Christ the King, a similar metaphor is mirrored. Christ, our Saviour and Redeemer, has taken into himself our woundedness, our brokenness, the shards of our broken relationships, the should, but didn’tand shouldn’t, but did and embraced us with a loving healing which empowers us, and gives us the strength, to forgive ourselves as well as others.

 

Like Chief Thomas and the ancestral world, our Communion of Saints, in the words of Ron Rolheiser,  enables us “…to believe that we can still tend to unfinished business in our relationships, even after death. Simply put, we can still talk to those who have died and we can, even now, say the words of love, forgiveness, gratitude, and regret that ideally we should have spoken earlier. Indeed, inside the communion of saints the reconciliation that always eluded us while that person was alive can now more easily take place”. 

On this, the feast of Christ the King, may Christ reign within our hearts, and our lives strive to embody His Kingdom ever present within us.

Love, Peace and Blessings,

 

Fr. Antony​