Christ the King Year A
Reflection is an essential element of our growth in Christ. As we reflect over what we have learnt and ponder it in our hearts, we come to recognise the presence of God in our lives.
This Sunday's Reflection
In Japan, pottery for the tea ceremony is regarded as the highest of art forms. The best bowls for this ceremony often look like the simplest of cups. To our Western eyes they may look common, plain or even flawed. But for the pottery master making them, they are the culmination of years of training and practice. In spite of that, when the potter makes them, they are to be made as though it was nothing at all…as though they were just another pot. This is part of the Japanese recognition that the simplest of things or actions can open us to extraordinary depths.
When Jesus commends or condemns people in this Sunday’s scene it is on the basis of actions of mercy done or not done in the simplest of circumstances. Both groups of people didn’t recognise Jesus in the needy people but one group acted compassionately towards them, the other group just ignored them. We could be tempted to think that the first group were naturally kind as they didn’t realise what they were doing. Not so, life isn’t that easy and God’s salvation isn’t that unfair. No, those actions seemingly done almost spontaneously without thought of salvation come after some time practicing virtue. We discipline ourselves to follow Christ, taking up our cross, consciously being kind, sacrificing our preferences for the sake of others so that, in the end, loving kindness comes so naturally that we don’t even realise what we are doing. Having consciously practised the steps of kindness and thoughtfulness, we can spontaneously dance the mystery of love.