Our King at the Margins

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Christ the King, based on 2Samuel 5:1–3, Luke 23:35–43

2 Samuel 5:1–3

Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron, and said, “Look, we are your bone and flesh. For some time, while Saul was king over us, it was you who led out Israel and brought it in. The LORD said to you: It is you who shall be shepherd of my people Israel, you who shall be ruler over Israel.” So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron; and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the LORD, and they anointed David king over Israel.

Luke 23:35–43

And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at Jesus hanging on the cross, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!” The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”

  One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Megan McElroy OP

Megan joined the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids in 1988. Having served previously as a pastoral associate in Michigan, a high school theology teacher in Illinois, and as Co-Director of the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate in St. Louis, Missouri, she now serves on her congregation's leadership team. Megan received her DMin in Preaching from Aquinas Institute of Theology in 2017.

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