The final Sunday of the church year -- known as Christ the King Sunday -- celebrates the Reign of Christ in the world and our station as his loyal subjects and sheep. But as team member Mary Austin points out in the next installment of The Immediate Word, that imagery seems rather quaint in a modern world that has little experience with either kings or shepherds. That’s especially true when this Sunday has to compete with one of the secular culture’s high holidays -- the busiest shopping weekend of the year, punctuated by Black Friday deals enticing consumers into retail outlets (not to mention Cyber Monday, promoting online shopping). Compared to the immediacy and visceral feedback of Black Friday, Christ’s kingdom seems like a distant concept with little relevance for our everyday lives. And yet, as Mary notes, the deal Jesus offers us -- to be a sheep rather than a goat -- is a far more important offer to take advantage of than ephemeral Black Friday bargains. Moreover, it’s an offer that’s not heavily advertised -- as Mary reminds us, we accept the invitation to Jesus’ kingdom through small actions in our everyday lives.
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