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For the Ride Home
by Ted Bergh
Our Lord Jesus Christ the King (B)
November 22, 2009
•His dominion is an everlasting dominion. (Daniel 7:14)
•you are from everlasting, LORD. (Psalm 93:2)
•I am the alpha and the omega, the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty. (Revelation 1:8)
•But as it is, my kingdom is not here. (John 18:36)
•Being simultaneously “is,” “was” and “is to come,” places Jesus outside normal time.
•Being alpha and omega (beginning and end) at one time transcends time and space for Jesus.
•Jesus’ Kingdom is not defined in space or time.
•What does this tell us about the values of the Kingdom we seek?

At a time when the general culture gives little support to Christian values, it is particularly important for the Church to visualize itself, as it originally did as a contrast society. The discipleship model motivates the members of the Church to imitate Jesus in their daily lives. It also makes them feel at home in a Church that must always find its way in a rapidly changing and fluid situation, a pilgrim Church still distant from its goal.…The discipleship model has the advantage of calling attention to the radical break with worldly values that is required for fidelity to Jesus.…The Church mediates the call of Christ and makes available the Word of God and the sacraments, without which discipleship would scarcely be possible.1

1Dulles, Avery Cardinal, S.J., Models of the Church, Doubleday, NY, 1974/2002, p. 213-217.

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