Solemnity of Christ the King. My lens for this is Walter Brueggemann’s The Prophetic Imagination, in which book he lays out the patterns of difference with the royal imagination. In other words these readings on this solemnity confront us in the middle of the culture wars. American Catholics would rather go along wih the cultural imagination ion which we are awash in sensate pleasures and conformity to an model for life that is contrary to the Gospel, in which Jesus is presented as a prophetic king. He is not what we would desire in some earthly ruler.

The texts of I & II Samuel are all about the problematics of a king, which God gives them at their pleading. But even the Davidic kingship has some unique features too it. In the first reading it is more an agreement/covenant between David and the people; the kingship is not just some forced imposition on the people. Second, and this is more important, the language of “your bone and your flesh” is reminiscent of the Adam and Eve creation narrative, and therefore has a distinct nuptial note to it. This theme will be fully manifest at the end of the book of Revelations in which the king marries the bride, who is the Church.

The new kingship is not so much at all about military commanding, but about covenant and shepherding.

Alan Hartway

Theological Studies at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago IL; Master of Fine Arts, Poetics, at Naropa University, Boulder CO 1996; Master of Arts, Greek Classics, University of Colorado, Boulder CO 2012; Taught at Naropa University from 1999 through 2015; Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies from 2007-2015; Member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Kansas City Province since 1974; Pastor at Guardian Angel Catholic Church, Mead, CO, ministry from 2007-2020 Currently Retired

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