The season of Advent is right around the corner and with it will come the reminder that we await the coming of Jesus, both in the incarnation and in His promise to come again. We also anticipate the Feast of Christ the King next Sunday. As a result, it is fitting that this Sunday our Epistle lesson (along with our Gospel lesson) reminds us that our citizenship is in the Divine Kingdom.
St. Paul teaches us, “Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.” The resurrection of Christ is a promise to us that our citizenship in the divine kingdom is not meaningless and empty, but is rather bursting with the promise of full and complete restoration. As we meet Christ in the Eucharist today may we meet Him as loyal subjects of His divine Kingdom, who eagerly await the fulfillment of His promise to be fully restored to Him.
Therefore prepare for action and serve God in fear and truth, leaving behind the empty and meaningless talk and the error of the crowd, and believing in the one who raised our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead and gave him glory and a throne at his right hand. To him all things in heaven and on earth were subjected, whom every breathing creature serves, who is coming as judge of the living and the dead, for whose blood God will hold responsible those who disobey him.
~ Polycarp, Epistle to the Philippians