by Rev. Pamela Rayment
In the calendar of the church, we are presently in the week prior to the last Sunday in the season after Pentecost, a Sunday that is set aside to celebrate the reign of Christ, and thus aptly referred to as The Reign of Christ Sunday.
And yet as we look out into the world around us, it is easy to be stricken with despair by what we see.
Refugees fleeing war-torn countries by the thousands.
A lack of clean water in far too many places throughout the world – even right here in Canada in our northern Indigenous communities.
Environmental destruction through the improper disposal of waste.
Systemic poverty leaving people without the basic needs to sustain life – the gap between the exceedingly rich and those in extreme poverty growing at an alarming rate.
How do we cope? How do we live, when we look out and are overcome with sadness, awe, rage, fear and a feeling of overwhelming powerlessness?
We remember and proclaim the reign of Christ.
And to remember and to proclaim Christ’s authority, is not merely lip service to pacify our aching hearts. It is to cast our vision on Christ, through whom God initiated the restoration of creation, a new and living way through the cross, through the death and resurrection of the Son of God.
It is to see as Christ sees.
Which is not about ignoring hardships, injustice and the tensions that exist in this world, but to look at reality and acknowledge our feelings of sadness and despair that surface when we feel the pain of the world and together name the pain of the world and lift it up to God in prayer, finding the strength to face the brokenness of our world in Christ.[i]
It is to see one another as Christ would have us see each other, not through eyes of fear or retaliation, apathy or ignorance, but through eyes of love and care, at all times and in all ways, but especially when the tumult of the world seems increasingly heavy to bear.