Encountered a little hiccup on the path toward the savory pot of turkey soup I had envisioned.
When I pulled open the produce drawer, it was practically empty: No celery. No carrots. And only the lame remnants of a Vidalia sweet onion. (It had seen better days.)
So the succulence I anticipated descended quickly into a far different reality—something that would more closely resemble gruel…unless I got busy and went to the grocery store.
The situation was easily rectified, and before long I found myself back at the kitchen counter, chopping…cutting…slicing…and stirring to my heart’s content. It was a beautiful thing to see it all come together…a bubbly brew that served as yet another reminder of all that I have to be thankful for in this season of Ordinary time.
Soup doesn’t happen quickly, though—so I had time to contemplate, too. To think about the feast we celebrate on Sunday—Christ the King. To marvel at the image we are given in Scripture, describing precisely how this kingdom comes…how it exerts its sovereignty on an otherwise indifferent world:
‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father.
Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
a stranger and you welcomed me,
naked and you clothed me,
ill and you cared for me,
in prison and you visited me.’
The Kingdom is not a solitary affair, we learn. It requires a pantry or ‘fridge full of ingredients—a people who are gracious and generous in feeding and slaking and welcoming and clothing and caring and visiting.
That’s quite an ingredient list–too daunting perhaps for any one Kingdom person to accomplish alone. But notice what happens when items are overlooked: You wind up with a broth that’s far less tasty and nutritious than it could have been.
In Christ’s kingdom, we each make a difference. Whether we add a pinch of this…or a cup of that…we help turn gruel into soup. And when it all comes together? Well, it’s simply M’mm…m’mm, good!
Let us pause now…to recall that we are in the presence of the Holy & Merciful One.