From the Desktop of the Pastor – Week of Christ the King Sunday

Hi everyone,

So yesterday (when this post should have come out), I was planning to take our Confirmation class out to North Delta to help plant some trees around a stream that is popular with the salmon. I rushed out of here after service, wanting to go home to change out of my Sunday best and into more weather and situation appropriate gear. After I got ready, I double checked my email for the address only to find that the event had be cancelled… due to rain.

I was disappointed, as were the kids, as we were all looking forward to this. But it was even more disappointing when I saw that the event wasn’t actually cancelled but postponed… to the day before. Whoops.

The funny part about the notice of postponing was that they included a link to an article with a Scandinavian quote, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes”. It’s funny because the event was directly affected by bad weather.

But I guess it’s all about interpretation, right? We look at something, we cast our own lens onto it, and we come to a conclusion about it. The Scandinavian lens would have said just go plant those trees and make sure you wear boots. The North American lens just says, “NOPE”.

Too bad our lenses are all fogged up with all this rain and mask wearing… (of course I jest, please wear your mask and corrective lenses if you need them).

Here are the readings for next week:
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
Psalm 93
Revelation 1:4b-8
John 18:33-37

I always found this conversation between Jesus and Pilate interesting. Pilate, being a government official, is supposed to have the power in this interaction, but it doesn’t seem to be the case as Jesus’ words are authoritative and strong. It’s like Pilate sees the whole thing as a competition while Jesus seems so nonchalant and almost uninterested. This whole “who is king” business has Pilate riled up, of course as he’s a person of political power (like a king), but Jesus was just like, “you don’t get it”.

It’s all about interpretation.

How we see Jesus. How we understand the truth. How we learn to live with others for the sake of God’s gospel and community. We use the lenses that we’ve been given and we draw conclusions.

I just hope that our lenses aren’t fogged up from all the external forces at play, and that we can faithfully see God for all the love and grace that God represents. Or at very least, we can see how Jesus wipes clean our lenses and feeds us with God’s Word.

With Jesus’ help, we will be able to see clearly.

Thanks be to God! Have a great week!

Photo by reza shayestehpour on Unsplash

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