Once Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, and he answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you.” Then he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. They will say to you, ‘Look there!’ or ‘Look here!’ Do not go, do not set off in pursuit. For as the 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 endure much suffering and be rejected by this generation.
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In today’s Gospel, Jesus teaches the Pharisees that the Kingdom of God will not be officially announced. He then turns to his disciples and encourages them not to become disillusioned by false claims about the Son of Man. The challenge for us today is a personal one. It is easy to think of the Kingdom of God as the ultimate goal of our lives. The hard part, though, is realizing that the Kingdom of God is already at hand. We must, as the Jesuits say, strive to “find God in all things.” God is present in both the trials and the tribulations, in the family tension and the encounters with friends. This is difficult. There will be times when we wander far off the path of light, but God will continue to flash his love across the earth. We simply need to look for it. Do I open myself up to the movements of God in my heart? Am I truly present in the present, so as to notice the Kingdom of God at hand?
—Adam Mullin is a senior at Creighton Prep.
Lord, sometimes the tasks of the day can feel a bit overwhelming. We can experience a fatigue that builds as the day moves forward. Maybe we need to step out of the daily grind. Unless we give ourselves permission to pause, to relax, to embrace your Spirit in the details of our day, we will be worn down.
We need to claim the reality that the Kingdom of God is among us. Suddenly that which seems so serious is put into perspective; that which evokes fear within us is calmed, and the gratitude that once delighted us is renewed. Lord, with great anticipation we move through this day, confident that your Kingdom will be experienced as we live for you and for those whose lives press against our own.
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