Stand by Me
Date: November 25, 2018
This week’s reading from John’s gospel invites us to think about the competing kingdoms and power with which we live as Christians in today’s world. Worldly kingdoms represent institutional authority. God’s kingdom is one where authority is recognizable not by force but by its fundamental values of love, compassion and inclusion. It is this kind of authority that we witness in the passage this week as Jesus slowly dismantles his interrogator’s argument. Pilate might still have political power but he loses the spiritual battle. Jesus is not advocating a change of regime but the coming of an entirely different way of being in relationship with God and one another. It is through acknowledging God’s ultimate authority and living the values personified in Jesus that we begin to glimpse the kingdom here on earth.