We do tend to cling so tightly to so much stuff. Sometimes, we think of ourselves as collecting things, when the reality is our things are busy controlling us. When things get torn away from us, perhaps it may be possible for us to think of our lives as having improved. We haven’t so much lost our possessions as regained our lives.
Jesus as king invites us to see the worth of every human being, to respect the dignity of every human being, to share out of our abundance to provide care for the least among us. In God’s kingdom we strive for justice and peace for every human being, respect the creation in which we are a part and pay attention to Jesus so we can accept his invitation to follow.
My brothers and sisters in Christ, we are invited by God to have our being with delight and vitality in fullness of life as God’s beloved people. We are invited to enjoy the work of our own hands, the homes in which we dwell, the gifts we offer in employment, to delight in the abundance of the earth and to embrace the gift of life itself. We are encouraged to rejoice because we are active participants with God in the ongoing creation and transformation of our world. God wants us to keep our eyes and hearts open, our hands busy with what we are to be about as God’s people. We are invited to rejoice that God resides with us and in us to make all things new.