A sonnet for the feast of Christ the King

Here is a sonnet written in response to the gospel reading for the feast of Christ the King you can hear the sonnet by clicking on the ‘play’ button if it appears, or by clicking on the title.

Christ The King

Mathew 25: 31-46

Our King is calling from the hungry furrows
Whilst we are cruising through the aisles of plenty,
Our hoardings screen us from the man of sorrows,
Our soundtracks drown his murmur: ‘I am thirsty’.
He stands in line to sign in as a stranger
And seek a welcome from the world he made,
We see him only as a threat, a danger,
He asks for clothes, we strip-search him instead.
And if he should fall sick then we take care
That he does not infect our private health,
We lock him in the prisons of our fear
Lest he unlock the prison of our wealth.
But still on Sunday we shall stand and sing
The praises of our hidden Lord and King.


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4 responses to “A sonnet for the feast of Christ the King

  1. This makes me want to stand up from my standing still, and to stand up to this posture which allows us to kill the stranger among us.

    As always, thank you for these words, and for the movement they stir.

  2. Christiane

    I discovered your writing on someone’s Advent site, and came here.
    Your Christ The King work speaks to me of the needs of the Southern Baptist blog where I visit (as an unwelcomed Catholic, but I love them and care for them anyway).
    They have great need to see Christ in others . . . great need. Their theology of exclusiveness shuts the door to so many people who are ‘other’ than themselves. Their denomination is dying, by their own report and they say they ‘need something’, often talking about more money, more members, a new name for the Southern Baptist Convention. They are not bad people. They are hurting for help.

    • malcolmguite

      Thanks Christiane, I think all the christian denominations need each other, there is something lacking in each of us because of the way we’ve split, There are ‘catholic’ insights missing from Bapist churches and there is courage and fervour for sharing the gospel missing from some ‘catholic’ churches. Loving and caring for one another through and across the divisions is the key, we can love each other in and through Christ before we have arrived at agreement about christ. Thanks for yur coment and I’m glad youve found this, and the advent things helpful. I am trying to complete a cycle of sonnets going through the whole church year from Advent to Christ the King and also celebrating the saints and the sacraments

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