Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 (Psalm 93); Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37 | Semi-continuous first reading: 2 Samuel 23:1-7 (Psalm 132:1-12, [13-18])
While there is no royal family in the American political system, the political stars of our time exert royal power. We are very much the heirs of others who loved royalty—such as the elders of Israel who begged Samuel to appoint a king to govern them so they would be like all the other nations. But kingly rule does not come without cost.
I wonder and worry that people perceive Christ’s rule to be similar to the queen of England’s rule. Do we view Christ as one surrounded with the art and beauty of a tradition that is more antique than active? Do we see this figure of salvation as hopelessly outdated and practically mute in these postmodern times?