November 26, 2017
Christ the King A
Mathew 25:31-46

 

Then he (The Son of Man) will say to those at his left hand, “You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ Then he will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:41-46)

 

This week we celebrate “Christ the King Sunday.” And while our Gospel text begins with Christ on a glorious throne of glory with all the nations gathered around him, the image quickly turns to Christ present in “the least of the these,” the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, and those in prison. The image travels quickly from one extreme to the other, from the glories of heaven to the poverty and injustice of earth.

 

So often we find ourselves looking for Christ on mountain tops, in good worship, in the scriptures, and in our – sometimes all too pious – quiet moments. This week we are reminded that the Christ we so desperately seek can easily be found right in our midst, in the broken places, in the back streets and alleys of our world, in the forgotten people that we pass by each and every day. Christ is very present to us in “the least of these.”

 

      1. We Dance

 

If God is present in emptiness, God must be near
And you must be Jesus, Who else would be standing here
In the middle of the night at the edge of the world
Ready to dance with the boys and girls
Holding onto you, holding onto me
All of God’s children who want to be free
In the middle of the night at the edge of the world, Let’s dance
In the emptiness of life, the beat comes alive, and we dance

 

If God is present in poverty, God must be poor
If the meek will inherit the earth, God must see more
Than the pearls around the neck and the Mercedes in the drive
God must see the heart that’s alive
Power ain’t power in a world upside down
the rich folk are living on the wrong side of town
In the middle of the night at the edge of the world, Let’s dance
In the emptiness of life, the beat comes alive, and we dance

 

If God is present in pain, God must have died
Tears must have flowed, broken hearts come alive
Walking down the street bitter and cold
No one to have and no one to hold
Reaching out in love with some strange peace
God is present in the least of these
In the middle of the night at the edge of the world, Let’s dance
In the emptiness of life, the beat comes alive, and we dance

 

If God is present in emptiness, God must be near
And you must be Jesus, Who else would be standing here
In the middle of the night at the edge of the world
Ready to dance with the boys and girls
Holding onto you, holding onto me
All of God’s children who want to be free
In the middle of the night at the edge of the world, Let’s dance
In the emptiness of life, the beat comes alive, and we dance
 

 

 

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