Riding on a Cloud: A Children’s Homily by Deacon Jim Hyatt

OK kids, I have a question for all of you. Have any of you ever ridden on a cloud? Me neither. That would be really cool though! If I had my own cloud, I would ride it around all over, it would be nice and big and soft so I could lay down on it. I would wave to people from my cloud as I drifted by. That would be fun huh? I rode on a plane this week that went above the clouds which was good, but not the same a riding ON a cloud!

In the readings from the Bible this morning, twice it talked about Jesus riding on a cloud. In the first reading, a man named Daniel had a vision, which is like a dream, where he saw Jesus riding on a cloud. Do you know where he was riding it to? He rode it to his Father in heaven who is God. And when Jesus got there, God said that Jesus was good and that Jesus will be our King forever! 

Then in the second reading, Jesus is riding a cloud again. This time he is riding the cloud to earth to bring everyone to him in heaven. It said that when this happens, everyone on earth will be able to see him. Everyone! Wow, I want to see that. 

Maybe when we get to heaven, we can ride on a cloud with Jesus! Who wants to do that? Me too. So how do we get to heaven so we can ride that cloud with Jesus? Jesus tells us how.

We need to listen to him and what he wants us to do. He calls that his “truth.” His truth tells us to be good, to be nice to people who he calls our neighbors and most importantly to love him! You know that, but sometimes we forget right? Sometimes we might not treat someone very nicely or maybe we forget to listen to our parents or our teachers. Jesus always listened to his mother; we should too!

Jesus loved everyone and loves all of us too! So that is what we need to do – listen to what he says, treat people nicely and we need to love him in return. Then we can get to heaven. Then we can get that ride on a cloud!

And parents, what about us? How do we get that ride on a cloud? Same thing applies to us too; we need to love him and do his will and treat our neighbor as he has asked us to. But our challenge as adults is that society tells us that a lot of other stuff is more important. Society says, “Hey don’t worry about it, you’re busy, all that stuff that Jesus taught is not important.” But it is and we know it is.

Today is the Feast of Christ the King which reminds us of something important.

  • Work isn’t king
  • Busy isn’t king
  • Success and achievement aren’t king

Are they important? Sure. But are they King? No. He is. We heard his words today, “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.” Not society’s voice, His voice. 

It’s up to us to listen to his voice.

It’s up to us to choose his truth.

That ride on a cloud is waiting for us too!

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