Christ the King Sunday
Last Sunday of Pentecost, Proper 29
Who knows what day this is in the Church? Today is Christ the King Sunday.
The day we celebrate the full authority of Christ as King and Lord of the universe. Officially called “The Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King,” So, it’s no surprise our readings this morning are so special…
Our first reading is taken from the book of Daniel in the O.T. Daniel is probably best known from the story of Daniel and the lions’ den. To give a little background, Daniel was a noble Jewish youth of Jerusalem who was taken into captivity by the king of Babylon. He served that king and his successors with loyalty and ability, all the while remaining true to the God of Israel. He is not a prophet in Judaism, but the rabbis reckoned him to be the most distinguished member of the Babylonian captivity, unsurpassed in piety and good deeds, and firm in his devotion to the Law despite being surrounded by enemies who did what they could to ruin him. The various branches of the Christian church do recognize him as a prophet, and although he is not mentioned in the Quran, Muslim sources describe him as a prophet. Daniel lived through some pretty uncertain times as an exile in Babylon. Death threats, temperamental kings, backbiting officials, puzzling dreams, were just a few of the things that Daniel had to face during his 70-year exile. Under King Belshazzar’s reign, Daniel endured probably the greatest amount of uncertainty that he had ever faced.
During this difficult time, God gave Daniel a dream…
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