THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING JESUS CHRIST CLP 2013 Theme Proposal by: Lars Cabrera
What is ‘The Once and Future King’?• This refers to the fantasy novel “The Once and Future King” written by T.H. White which tells the story of King Arthur.• The central theme of the novel is “an exploration of human nature regarding power and justice, as the boy Arthur becomes king and attempts to quell the prevalent ‘might makes right’ attitude with his idea of chivalry. But in the end, even chivalry comes undone since its justice is maintained by force.”• The novel is actually a collection of 4 different sub-stories, beginning with “The Sword in the Stone”.
What does it have to do with Jesus?• There are some connections/similarities in themes between King Arthur’s tale and Jesus’ life.• “Both Jesus and Arthur had something to prove - a fate bigger than them to live up to. With courage and fortitude, both accepted the destinies thrust upon them with little questioning or hesitation.”• It has been said this quote is inscribed on King Arthur’s tomb: "Here lies Arthur, king once, and king to be…“• This quote applies to Jesus, in the sense that we acknowledge him being simultaneously a reigning King and a future King-to-be (we celebrate his birth, life and rule on Earth, as well as his Ascension to the heavenly throne, i.e. “Risen King”)• Jesus is both King (King of Kings) and Prince (heir to throne). Thus the he is the true “The Once and Future King”.
How does this make a good CLP theme?• We all praise and worship our King, Jesus, similarly as earthly kings are by the people of their kingdoms.• We are all called to serve our King in different ways (CLP, Service Team, Candidate are “new recruits”).• We are all serving to better our ‘kingdom’ through our many talents and hard work (different Service Team responsibilities, leaders stepping up/being promoted, delegation of tasks…)• Having a theme based on ‘medieval genre’ opens up countless interesting creative options from the many resources available. It can even touch a bit on the ‘fantasy/fairy tale’ genre, but it is something that is grounded in reality.
What does Scripture say?• “They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.” - Revelation 17:14• “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” – Matthew 28:18• “You say I am a king. For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” – John 18:37• “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.“- Isaiah 9:6• “In the lifetime of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed or delivered up to another people; rather, it shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and put an end to them, and it shall stand forever. “ – Daniel 2:44
How does this apply to 2013?• Especially in this Year of Faith, where we face growing persecutions and transgressions from political leaders and their decisions, we must emphasize God’s role as the Supreme Ruler, King of Heaven and Earth, and as such NO human (politician) law has power over him.• Examples: God has given all life a Sanctity that no human law can ever negate, govt. allows abortion to remain legal yet should not be. Govt. legalizes gay marriage, which is a direct violation of the supreme law of God, who has already establish it is between a man and woman. (These issues we as Catholics/Christians anticipate to face more increasingly this year).• Possible sentiment/motto: “We must obey God our Heavenly King, and be loyal to him even in times we are faced with heavy opposition (Govt. Mandates).” “We must fight for His Kingdom.”
Other Relevant Ideas• We have many songs that refer to “Kingdom of God” or “Jesus the King”, “Prince of Peace”.• CLP Flyer is essentially a “royal invitation to the King’s ‘Castle’ for service and celebration”.• CLP Service Team is the King’s Royal Court.• Brothers can have title “Sir”, Sisters have “Lady”.• CLP Dedication can be like a ‘knighting’ ceremony.• Masculine: “Knight”, Feminine: “Dame”• Actually covers 3 of our earlier proposed themes into one:1. Fantasy/fairy tale, 2. King/Kingdom, 3.Royalty/Prince(ss)
"Say not therefore to the Lord: What doestthou? But say in thy heart: Must not the Lord ofall the earth do right?“ – T.H. White, The Onceand Future King