“FOR BEHOLD, THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AMONG YOU.” LK 17:20-25
Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
Asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come,
Jesus said in reply,
“The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed,
and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’
For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you.”
Then he said to his disciples,
“The days will come when you will long to see
one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it.
There will be those who will say to you,
‘Look, there he is,’ or ‘Look, here he is.’
Do not go off, do not run in pursuit.
For just as lightning flashes
and lights up the sky from one side to the other,
so will the Son of Man be in his day.
But first he must suffer greatly and be rejected by this generation.” LK 17:20-25
Jesus answers a question today that is always a heavy topic, when will God’s Kingdom come. Jesus answers, “For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you.” He also remarks, “But first he must suffer greatly and be rejected by this generation.” Finally, in MT 20:28 Jesus says, “Lo, I am with you always to the end of the age.”
What does this mean? We can live our lives thinking about God in two ways. One, He is an old man really far away sitting on a cloud (not personal or present). Or two, which is what Jesus is teaching us today. He is present right now (Jesus speaking right to the Pharisees) and he promises He will be with us always. God is everywhere all of the time.
I teach 100 yards from the “Kingdom of God” on earth in the tabernacle and monstrance in perpetual adoration. Amazing! He continues to offer Himself up for us and stay with us. He is with us in prayer and when we say “Come, Holy Spirit”.
How do I know? The Eucharist, the Blessed Sacrament, the Holy Spirit in all baptized people guiding the Church and us individually, in the sunrise and sunset, the mountains and oceans, the stars, moon, and sun. Most importantly, because He said so and I believe and trust Him.
How does a person build trust with someone? I spend time with God everyday and listen in the silence. He speaks to me when I read His Word. I go to Mass where He handed down the most intense encounter a person can have with Jesus. God can’t lie. I do and everyone around me does. So, I trust Him. He is my unchanging rock in an ever changing world. He is the still point of the cosmos in which I can close my eyes and be completely still and spend time with Him.
Jesus said He must suffer greatly predicting His passion. The Catholic Church had the end of the world pegged a long time ago. The world ended when Jesus died on the cross and resurrected conquering sin and death. Our Original Sin has been taken away at baptism and God’s grace helps us to fight our personal sin. We have God’s grace in the sacraments that Jesus set up while on earth, we have the Eucharist and confession, prayer, as we wait for the Second Coming.
God gave us the Holy Spirit at our baptism and said the words, “This is my beloved son/daughter of whom I am well pleased. Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit upon us at our Pentecost which is Confirmation. Finally because of the resurrection of Christ, this life isn’t all there is, there is something greater to hope and fight for. No tyrant has more power than God. God’s love is the most powerful thing in the world and it conquered sin and death. The gates of heaven are open to all including you and I! We are living in the end times with the power and opportunity to be holy each day. It lies within us. Take time to sit in silence and listen to the One who is all holy, the holy of holies, and makes us holy.
Today’s challenge: Take time to pray and think about God not far away but right here with us always, it makes a huge difference in the way we view things and live our life! God is with us (Emmanuel), wow! If you can wrap your mind around God’s true presence at Mass and in the Blessed Sacrament, you will be at peace and never want to leave.
Be a servant, become a saint!