Today then is Stir Up Sunday, but the Church now prefers to call it the “Feast Of Christ the King”. Call it National Youth and Child Day if you want in honour of Transgender Assault Week if you like too. Plenty room for another cause or wristband, charity appeal as you like.
But Stir Up Sunday? Bit old school, rustic and parochial dare we say in 2016?
We sure do,
ll not bore with how this Church of England Day became an ecumenical Feast and matter, but its a Catholic thing. And, being the last Sunday before Advent, you`d think it “appropriate” to remember his monarchical status before we go all gooey at the crib in a few weeks time, with a bit of wonder about how he was premised etc. If true.
For now though, consider this, The thief on the Cross got HIS surety of salvation with pretty much his last ever words and breaths amidst the uniquely evil barbarism of the tortures of crucifying a person. And Jesus last few words would have been such a struggle to get out, but he promised the thief that he too would be in paradise with Him soon enough.
s THIS that is a better bet that the triumphalism of our King. The Church WOULD prefer this picture before we go to Advent, but I prefer the beaten bleeding tortured criminal up on that Cross. Not because I like it more, not at all-its just that I think God sees US like that, not like a King worth a damn. As a helpless Babe or a disfigured tortured cadaver to come, THIS is Your God. Both extremes show powerlessness and openenes to abuse attack and condemnation. Seems more apt to timely as we go from cross to crib. Tha`t
s all I`m needing today as we begin our New Year next Sunday.