December 22nd: O Rex Gentium (King of the Nations)

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O Rex Gentium, et desideratus earum,
lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum:
veni, et salva hominem,
quem de limo formasti.

O King of the nations, and their desire,
the cornerstone making both one:
Come and save the human race,
which you fashioned from clay.

Out of all the titles for Jesus, I think this one–for me–is probably the hardest to grapple with. It’s not because I think it untrue, but because I see a world filled with many different leaders, and torn apart by their differences. Unity under a single king requires that all people (or at least a vast majority) assent to his rule.

Can Jesus really breach that gap???

I suppose at the heart of that question…. a leap of faith is involved. If Christ taught us anything, it’s that he came to bring reconciliation between humanity and God…..

By holding on to that truth…..Jesus becomes our king……nothing else matters…..the most important relationship in our lives–between us and our Maker–is healed. Anything that stands beyond that is purely secondary.

by holding on to that truth, we realize that the Grace and Forgiveness we have received for ourselves is a gift…….and that evangelism is not so much a desire to convince someone that Jesus is Lord, but a desire to share what we have been given with others.

Christ is not a king who demands taxes and labour….only that we bring ourselves, so that we may know the peace which passes all understanding. In possessing that peace, we are able to look on our fellow human beings not as competitors with hidden agendas, but people who are just as flawed and broken as us, looking to be made whole.

And so…..we look for that King now….and knowing that in serving Him…..our viewpoint is forever changed. Alleluia!

Lord Jesus, come soon! Come and be born in our hearts! +

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National Aboriginal Day

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On Tuesday mornings, I am usually at the Coffee House at one of my churches and rarely get up early enough to say the Office before I leave. In lieu of that missing post I thought I would say a few words about National Aboriginal Day.

I confess…….I am utterly and completely the beneficiary of First Nations subjugation. Just like this song from Dave Matthews states…..I drink the water even though it is filled greed, jealousy, and blood.

I didn’t even know it was Aboriginal Day today (June 21st) until someone pointed it out via their FB posting. Sadly, I think that my ignorance of this commemoration and of the experiences of First Nations people generally is the norm. 😦

I freely admit that as a white, middle-class Canadian, I have no experience of life on the reserves. I have no idea what kind of injustices and inequalities that exist outside of my urban setting.

But even here in the city, time and time again….I find First Nations people are on the lower-side of the income scale. This isn’t because they want to be…..but because they’re forced to be….whether through stereotypes passed on about Aboriginal persons…..or through a lack of transferable job skills because our government doesn’t take the time or resources to help those on the bottom rung.

The abuse and humiliation you have suffered is something which I cannot even begin to imagine :(.

I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I’m going to become an activist for Aboriginal rights, or equal opportunity. To say so would be self-righteous and make me look like a pompus ass.

Rather I will say this. Today I pray for the Aboriginal community. I give thanks for everything they bring to this country.

I give thanks for their presence to us….constantly holding up a mirror to injustice. Today I join with my non-Aboriginal brothers to say I am sorry…..and to pray for true healing, peace and reconciliation. +

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