According to the rule of the Lukan genealogy, the recent coronation of the English king was uncanny in its egregious assault on the biblical proclamation of the Resurrection.
On the one hand, those who have stayed with this podcast over the years have (hopefully) come to understand that Scripture is a system of cancellation encoded in literary form. It is a divine story given to undermine everything wrought by the hand of humans, shutting down all that we say and do.
We want Scriptural wisdom to be pro-human, but it’s satirical. It makes fun of us. It criticizes us. We want to make the case that it does so for our sake. But it won’t let us. Instead, it insists upon its rule for the sake of the entire creation, of which we humans are but a small part.
In the teaching of the Resurrection, following the line of Isaiah, only God’s instruction is allowed to stand out upon the earth. No human being – least of all a king may stand out – hence the crucifixion of Jesus.
With this in mind, if you are trying to avoid transgressing St. Paul’s teaching of the anti-Christ, let me give you some helpful advice:
Don’t make yourself stand out above all others on international screens with costly pomp and flare. Whatever you do, don’t invite your subjects to swear fealty to you. Don’t publish articles defending meaningless pageantry. Likewise, don’t write a book complaining that you don’t stand out. Don’t do it. And for God’s sake:
If you have to be coronated, please do it quietly and not during the Paschal season, when we are warned repeatedly that there is only One whom the Father has anointed to stand out upon the earth.
“And he shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom shall have no end.”
Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Luke 3:27 (Episode 481)
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