Reign of Christ/Christ the King Sunday marks the end of the church year and the movement into Advent. The focus scripture, the parable of the sheep and goats from Matthew, calls us to act as one large family – to be kind to all who are in need. When we do this we are kind to God.
As you look back over the church year, consider how God’s call to Christ’s way of compassion, justice, and peace has been made visible by you and your church community. Sometimes we forget the actions of kindness that have occurred throughout the year – it is good to remember and celebrate in our heart and with each other.
Together brainstorm a list of needs in your community. As a group, choose one concrete way to support a church or community project during Advent.
This week’s reading from the Gospel of Matthew challenges the assumption that the poor and needy are objects of our ministry. Be aware that some people in your community may see their own life experiences mirrored in this text. For example, some families may be dependent on food banks or they may have relatives who are in prison. It will be important to help people understand the ministry of the church as a partnership with others, not as “us” helping “them.” Convey Jesus’ teachings as an invitation to a partnership which involves both giving and receiving as all are called to respond and receive with justice and compassion.
~ from Ages 15-18 session material
Our own small stone of activism, which might not seem to measure up to the rugged boulders of heroism we have so admired, is a paltry offering toward the building of an edifice of hope…For we can do nothing substantial toward changing our course on the planet, a destructive one, without rousing ourselves, individual by individual, and bringing our small, imperfect stones to the pile.
~ Alice Walker, from The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen’s Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear