Reading: Ezekiel 34: 11-24 (Click to read text)
Reflection: This Sunday, it's time in our churches to have our New Year's Eve parties. It's the last Sunday of the Church Year, as we celebrate the end of Pentecost with Christ the King Sunday. It's the Sunday that we are reminded once again that Jesus should be the king of our lives.
I find it interesting that this text from Ezekiel is appointed for this Sunday. Not only are we reminded this week that Christ is king, but we are reminded in this story that Jesus is the Good Shepherd, too.
Which reminded me that Jesus takes on many roles. And, that many of them are in paradox. How can a king also be a shepherd? Or, how can a shepherd be a king. Wait! David showed us that indeed a shepherd can be king. But Jesus shows us He can do it at that same time.
This week, as we prepare for Christ the King Sunday, think of all the "roles" Jesus plays in your life. King and shepherd might be two of them. What are others?
We are counting down the minutes until a new Church year. In this new year, may you resolve to remember constantly that Jesus Christ is King! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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