Thursday of the 32nd Week of the Year

Luke 17:20-25

The Coming of the Kingdom of God


As one who lives in a democratic and developing country like the Philippines, the word “Kingdom” reminds me of kings and queens living in huge palaces, lords and knights riding horses and chariots, long dresses and clothes embroidered with jewels and precious stones with hundreds of servants and slaves.

Is this picture of the kingdom that Jesus speaks of in today’s reading? Is it a kingdom ruled by kings and queens, lord and knights with spears, swords, shields and horses? Is it a kingdom where slaves and servants abound? Jesus speaks of a kingdom that is totally different from what we know.

Jesus speaks of his Father’s kingdom. It is not a territory, not a structure, not a possession and not an institution. He speaks of the reign and presence of God in every heart of each person.. it is a reality of complete harmony with God. It is a reality where we do not think of anything else except God as the center of our lives. It is a reality where we do not do anything else but to live the way Jesus lives, to love the way Jesus loves, and to forgive the way Jesus forgives. This kingdom could be ours. (Fr. Gerry Donato, SVD Bible Diary 2002)


Today is the feast day of St. Leo the Great (November 10), pope and doctor. He was elected and defended the Church in most difficult times especially during time of Attila the Hun (452) and the Vandals (455). He fought both the external and internal enemies of the Church, the barbarians and the heretics. He truly cared for the temporal and spiritual needs of his people. Like Jesus, St. Leo suffered greatly for the sake of building the Kingdom of God here on earth.

In today’s gospel, Jesus reminds us that the Kingdom of God is among us, in us! The Kingdom of God is where God resides. God dwells in each one of us. We don’t have to look farther, He resides within! Once we’ve found then Kingdom inside us, then, like St. Leo, we’ll do everything to build it up. The Kingdom of God is not abstract idea. God’s kingdom is very concrete. When we give water to the thirsty, food to the hungry, clothes to the naked, visit the sick and imprisoned, doing something for the common good of the society, we build the Kingdom of God!

One last reminder: Heaven or the Kingdom of God is not a place to find, it is a decision to make. Let’s make that decision now!  In our own simple way, let’s imitate St. Leo the Great: let’s build the Kingdom of God within and without! (Fr. Glenn Paul Gomez, SVD Bible Diary 2005)


“There it is! For behold, the kingdom of God is among you.” I recall a story by Francis Dorff of a famous monastery which had fallen on very hard times. Formerly its many buildings were filled with young monks and its big church sounded with the singing of the chant, but now it was deserted. People no longer came there to be nourished by prayer. A handful of old monks shuffled through the cloisters and praised their God with heavy hearts.

There was a renowned old rabbi on the edge of the monastery woods who lived in a little hut. People go to him to seek for wisdom. One day, the abbot decided to visit the rabbi and to unburden his heart out. The Rabbi said, “You and your brothers are serving God with heavy hearts. You have come to ask a teaching of me? I will give you a teaching, but you can only repeat it once. After that, no one must ever say it aloud again.”

The Rabbi looked straight at the Abbot and said, “The messiah is among you. Now you must go.”

The next morning, the Abbot called his monks together in the Chapter Room and told them he had received a teaching from the Rabbi and that this teaching is never to be spoken aloud. He looked at each of his brothers and spoke, “”The Rabbi said, that ‘one of us is the Messiah.’”

As time went by, the monks began to treat one another with a very special reverence.

In our daily living, we are like this community of monks praying and asking for favors and say, “Where is God who should answer our long awaited prayers?” We look for the signs of the presence of God. We fail to realize that we need not go far to look for the signs of his presence. He is right in our midst – in the sacraments we receive, in ourselves, among our fellow workers, in the circle of friends and in the beautiful world of nature.

“There it is! For behold the kingdom of God is among you.” (Sr. Madeleine Cornelio, SSpS Bible Diary 2006)


A little girl was standing with her grandfather by an old-fashioned open well. They had just lowered a bucket and had drawn some water to drink. “Lolo,” asked the little girl, “where does God live?” the old man picked up the little girl and held her over the open well. “Look down the water,” he said, “and tell me what you see.” ‘I see myself,” said the little girl. ‘That’s where God lives,” said the old man. “he lives in you.” The Kingdom of God is like that too. It’s not “here” or “there,” but in your heart. It is the simplicity, humility and childlikeness of our hearts that the Kingdom of God dwells. (Fr. Eliseo Yyance, SVD Bible Diary 2007)


When I was a little girl, my idea of a kingdom was a massive palace heavily laden with gorgeous furnishings. At the big hall was a royal throne where the regally attired king and queen were seated, with the princes and princesses beside them.

Grown-ups are expected to have a mature, realistic idea of a kingdom. However, their cultural and socio-political experiences often color or even distort their idea of a kingdom. We can see this in the multiple political factions in the Philippine society, each presenting its ideology, platform of good governance, etc., only to find out that things do not turn out any better with the change of administration.

During the time of Jesus Christ Israel was governed by rulers who played politics with the Roman Empire. Corruption, oppression and exploitation were rampant. Many Israelites, including some of Christ’s disciples like the activist Simon the Zealot, hoped that the Messiah would be a revolutionary leader who will restore the kingdom of David and regain their original pride and moral strength as the chosen people of God through a revolution. Jesus’ idea of the kingdom, however, was very different. When the Pharisees asked him when the kingdom would come, his answer was ‘The Kingdom of God is among you,” (v. 21b).

The kingdom of God is indeed present in every believer and follower of Christ. Someone said: “When you do good to your neighbor, the kingdom of God is in you.” When you right the wrong, when you stand for justice and truth; when you have compassion for the poor, the oppressed, the exploited, the abused, the rejected, the kingdom of God is in you. When you take care of Mother Earth, the kingdom of God is in you.

Then, in his second coming, Christ will recognize you and welcome you, “Come, blessed of My Father. Take possession of the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world,” (Matt 25:34). (Sr. Angelita Roferos, SSpS Bible Diary 2008)


During my first year as a priest in Nagoya, I would celebrate Masses at the convent of the Missionaries of Charity every Wednesday afternoon. On the wall of the sacristy, there was this signboard with the following message:

“Remember, O Priest,

You should celebrate this Mass

As if it were:

Your First Mass

Your Last Mass

Your only Mass.”

Several are the occasions when we become anxious because of predictions about the end-time, that the world will be destroyed at a particular date, based on the “signs of the times,” – social and political turmoil, earthquakes, famines, persecutions and immense human sufferings. We then become worried about the future. We become restless and sometimes faithless and disillusioned. Eventually, we fail to live in the present time.

The Kingdom of God is alive in the present every time we live our lives as living witnessing of Jesus. the Kingdom of God lies in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom 14:17). And its presence is made tangible by proclaiming the good news as if today were the first, the last and the only day in our lives. Why then worry about the end of the world? (Fr. Dindo Santiago, SVD Bible Diary 2009)


November 10, 2016 Thursday

I was once traveling inside a packed city train and noticed that a pair of pickpockets were carrying out one of their tested modus operandi. One would ask the victim a seemingly innocent question aimed to distract attention while the other would concentrate on extricating the wallet.

Many times, they get away with it.  Like these impostors, the Pharisees posed one more question to Jesus but they would not get away with it easily. Since Jesus knew their real intentions he was quick to show them the aw of their question, which is, they were looking for signs of God’s kingdom in the wrong place. Jesus pointed out to them that discovering God’s kingdom was not a shallow search for some place out there but was instead a deeper act of searching for it inside each person’s hidden recesses. This different orientation reveals one of the novelties of the words of Jesus and it con rms the point that while we are a community of believers, faith is first a personal act. This act of believing in His Word cannot be done by others for us nor can we just ride on family or cultural traditions. Faith, to a certain extent, needs an “I” to make it to a beautiful “We”. That is why whenever the community renews the faith through the recitation of the Creed, we begin with the phrase. “I believe…” In other words, seek the LORD while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near (Is 55,6). (Fr. Jun Castro, SVD Mozambique Diary 2016)


Daniel Patrick O’Reilly
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Wisdom 7:22b–8:1
Psalm 119:89, 90, 91, 130, 135, 175
Luke 17:20-25
Weekly Guide for Daily PrayerDaily Reflections from a Student’s Point of View

Today’s scripture readings are an interesting mix. Wisdom describes, well, wisdom. The psalmist speaks of God’s word. How its truth endures and it sheds light and gives understanding. In Luke, Jesus talks about the Second Coming….. I think. I have to tell you, the Luke passage is confusing to me. I read through it several times. I prayed about it. Is Jesus talking about himself? If not, then what is he talking about? And then I had one of those light bulb moments. I’m the Pharisee. I’m the one demanding clear answers. I want to know when, where, why, how. Spell out what I need to do to get this Kingdom of God. I’m a rules and works kind of guy. I want Jesus in a box. It just doesn’t work that way, does it?

Jesus says, Dan, I’m giving myself as a sacrifice for you. A free gift. Here, take it. And I’m asking questions about what I need to do to earn it? I’m thinking if I don’t understand this scripture, there is something really wrong with me. I’m thinking, how do I trust God? And I honestly fear failing Christ. It can be paralyzing. You would think Jesus would throw up his hands in exasperation. But He doesn’t.

Jesus often uses children when he wants to teach me something.

Our Wednesday night children’s program visits a local assisted living home for the elderly twice a year. We sing songs, make a craft, play a game and visit with the residents. The residents always love to see the kids. My favorite part of the visit comes when we break into small groups and visit with a resident. They tell us what life was like when they were young and answer some of the children’s questions. Amazing stories of family. Stories of struggles and joys in a different time. In the last visit, the woman who talked with my group of children told them about living on her family farm with very little money and living through the Second World War. It was fascinating. When she came to the end of her talk she said something very sad. She had no children of her own and all her family and friends were dead. She commented that when we come into this life we are welcomed with loving arms. But when we leave we are alone. As we left I could tell that her words affected the children as much as they did me. Each child gave her a hug good bye. As it turned out it was a teaching moment. I told the kids that Jesus tells us that when we leave this world, He welcomes us with loving arms. I could see in their eyes that they remembered the scripture where Jesus promised to prepare a place for us. Trusting Christ’s promise can bring great hope.

At a recent neighborhood picnic at my brother’s house, my brother’s neighbor showed me an unusual set up in his basement bathroom. No light switches. When you walk into the bathroom, a motion detector turns on the light. When you leave, after several minutes of no motion, the light goes off. During the picnic, someone noticed that a neighbor’s little girl was missing. She was too young to go far, but a quick search of adjoining yards turned up nothing. Consternation and fear began to mount. Then someone opened the basement bathroom door, the light went on and, as you may have guessed, there was the little girl. When the light went off in the bathroom, she was too afraid to move. If she had just moved a finger, the light would have gone back on, but her fear of the dark kept her from moving.

I thought about how like this little girl I can be. Fear can be paralyzing. Fear that I am failing God. Fear that I cannot live up to God’s expectations. Believing my salvation rests on my own actions instead of God’s grace. Believing I have to (and cannot) earn God’s love. My prayer today is for those of us who struggle with fear; that we would have the wisdom to trust in God’s love.

What God Does

  1. God is always at work around you.
  2. God pursues a continuing love relationship with you that is real and personal.
  3. God invites you to become involved with Him in His work.
  4. God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church to reveal Himself, His purposes, and His ways.
  5. God’s invitation for you to work with Him always leads you to a crisis of belief that requires faith and action.
  6. You must make major adjustments in your life to join God in what He is doing.
  7. You come to know God by experience as you obey Him and as He accomplishes His work through you.Experiencing God, Nashville, TN




November 15, 2012

St. Albert the Great,
bishop and doctor

Thursday of the 32nd Week

Phlm 7-20
Ps 146
Lk 17:20-25

Lk 17:20-25
The Coming of the Kingdom of God 

20Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, [Jesus] said in reply, “The coming of the kingdom of God cannot be observed, 21and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’ For behold, the kingdom of God is among you.”

22Then 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. 23There 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. 24For 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]. 25But first he must suffer greatly and be rejected by this generation.”


The kingdom of God is among you. How is it with us, in our midst?

First, the kingdom or reign of God refers to Jesus himself. He is God incarnate. While on earth and having a human body, Jesus remains united with the other Persons of the Blessed Trinity. There is uninterrupted communion among them. In Jesus, God’s will is done, thus God reigns perfectly.

Second, God’s kingdom is present when we follow Jesus’ teachings. When we live his teachings, we change our old ways of life, our mentality, attitudes, behavior, and values. Christ lives in us and we resemble Christ in many respects. When we are reconciled with God through Christ, we are freed from sins that block our relationship with God. When we allow Jesus to be the Lord of our lives, then God’s kingdom comes to us and is made visible.

The Gospel tells us that no earthly signs can pinpoint the coming or location of God’s kingdom. There is no exact location, for the kingdom of God does not have boundaries or limits.

Pray the Our Father and reflect on the petition: “May your kingdom come.”


WORD Today (Wis 7:22-8:1; Lk 17:20-25): Jesus came down from heaven to save us. And he inaugurated (started) the Kingdom of God. In the Rosary, this is the Third Luminous Mystery, – The Proclamation of the coming of the Kingdom of God.” (Mt 4:17).

The Kingdom has already started, it’s now in our midst (Lk 17:21), but it’s still under construction. Christ taught us to live the Gospel; when we accept, He becomes our King, we become citizens of His Kingdom, and our salvation has started. In joyful gratitude we then help in constructing the Kingdom, not just by keeping “sinless” but more actively in promoting God’s justice. The coming of the Kingdom to us is a foretasted of heaven (Fr. Iko Bajos Oct 14, 2013).

Catechism a DAY 9Luke 17:25): “But first he must suffer greatly and be rejected by this generation.”


As for the Son He effects His own Resurrection by virtue of His divine power. Christ announces that the Son of Man will have to suffer much, die and then rise. Elsewhere He affirms explicitly: “I lay down my life that I may take it again. I have power to lay it down and have power to take it again.”

We believe that Christ died and rose again (Fr. Iko Bajos oct 14, 2013).


THURSDAY OF THE 32ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A) – LUKAS 17:20-25. Unsa may kahulogan sa mga pulong “Gingharian sa Dios”? Naanad kita sa paghunahuna nga ang Gingharian sa Dios usa ka lugar nga atong makita o maadtoan. Apan ang ebanghelyo karon naghatag kanato og laing pagsabot kalabot niini. Si Hesus miingon: “Ang Gingharian sa Dios dili butang nga inyong makita. Walay makaingon, ‘Ania ra!’ o, ‘Atua ra!’; kay ang Gingharian sa Dios anaa uban kaninyo.” Dinhi atong masabut nga ang Gingharian sa Dios usa diay ka persona, si Kristo mismo, nga atong gipasulod diha sa atong kasingkasing ug sa atong katilingban. Sa atong matinud-anong pagdawat ug pagsunod kang Kristo, atong gitugotan nga Siya ang maghari sa atong kinabuhi. Kon kini ang mahitabo, mahimong kamatuoran ang Gingharian sa Langit dinhi sa Yuta. Posted by Abet Uy

(English) LUKE 17: 20-25. What does the word “Kingdom of God”? We used to think that the Kingdom of God is a place that we see or reach. But now the gospel gives us another insight on this. Jesus said: “The Kingdom of God is not something that you see. No one can say, ‘Behold!’ or, ‘There!’; for the kingdom of God is among you. “Here we see that the Kingdom of God was a person, Christ himself, we brought in our hearts and in our society. We sincerely accept and follow Christ, we allow Him to reign in our lives. When this occurs, a fact the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

THURSDAY OF THE 32ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) – LUKAS 17:11-19. NGANONG ANGAY MAN KITANG MAGPASALAMATON? Giayo ni Hesus ang napulo ka sanglahon nga nagpakilooy kaniya. Apan niining napulo, usa lamang ang nibalik aron sa pagpasalamat sa Ginoo. Tungod niini nakapangutana si Hesus, “Dili ba napulo man ang nangaayo? Hain naman ang siyam?” Gipangita ni Hesus ang siyam dili tungod kay nanginahanglan siya’g pagdayeg kondili tungod kay nahibalo siya unsa ang maayong pamatasan. Kinahanglan nga magpasalamat ang tawo tungod kay ang pagkamapasalamaton usa ka hiyas nga makapadasig sa katilingban. Diha sa pagpasalamat, atong gidawat nga kita nanginahanglan sa usa’g-usa ug nga kita nalipay sa pagtinabangay. Adunay panultihon nga nag-ingon, “It is not happy people who are thankful; it is thankful people who are happy.” Posted by Abet Uy


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

THURSDAY OF THE 32ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – LUKAS 17:20-25. UNSA MAY KAHULOGAN SA MGA PULONG “GINGHARIAN SA DIOS”? Naanad kita sa paghunahuna nga ang Gingharian sa Dios usa ka lugar nga atong makita o maadtoan. Apan ang ebanghelyo karon naghatag kanato’g laing pagsabot kalabot niini. Si Hesus miingon: “Ang Gingharian sa Dios dili butang nga inyong makita. Walay makaingon, ‘Ania ra!’ o, ‘Atua ra!’; kay ang Gingharian sa Dios anaa uban kaninyo.” Ang Gingharian sa Dios usa diay ka persona, si Kristo mismo, nga atong dawaton diha sa atong kasingkasing, panimalay ug katilingban. Sa mga pulong pa ni Dallas Willard: “Jesus is the human face on the Kingdom of God. He makes it concretely accesible.” Ang Gingharian sa Dios maangkon nato kon si Hesus mao na ang maghari sa atong kinabuhi. Posted by Abet Uy


Reflection for Thursday November 13, Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini; Luke 17:20-25 Reflection: Could you say that you have the kingdom of God? You already have the kingdom of God in your heart when you are already at peace with yourself. You already have the kingdom of God if you feel the love of Jesus in your heart. You already have the kingdom of God when you have peace and contentment in your heart.

Many of us including our politicians today seek the kingdom of this world. We amass corrupted wealth beyond our imaginations; We amass vast properties to serve as our earthly kingdoms. But this kind kingdom will not last forever, this we will leave behind eventually and we will be left without anything except loneliness and isolation.

At what price are we willing to pay just to have this earthly kingdom? Are we willing to sell our souls to the devil just to have possession of this earthly kingdom? Let us wake up before it’s too late otherwise our greed for earthly kingdom would become our rope downward to hell.

In our gospel for this Thursday Jesus was 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 (Luke 17:20-21).

Indeed the kingdom of God is within our midst yet it cannot be physically felt and measured nor could it be bought by any amount of money.  This kingdom of God is planted into our hearts by Jesus Himself.

Do you also want to have the kingdom of God? – Marino J. Dasmarinas


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Reflection for November 12, Thursday, Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr: Luke 17:20-25

Reflection: When do you say that the kingdom of God is within you already? It is when you are not afraid of anything that may happen to you for you know that somebody very powerful is in-charge. If you already have Jesus in your life you would even embrace death because you know that death is the last passage before you meet God.

How could you have His kingdom within you? It’s when you faithfully follow Him in your words and deeds. It’s when you have your regular moment of prayer with Jesus.  This is when you would feel the presence of God in your life.

For those who believe that Jesus Christ is their Lord and savior the kingdom of God is within them already. For those who choose to follow the path of servanthood and sacrifice of Jesus the kingdom of God is within them already. For those who are meek and humble the kingdom of God is within them already.

For those who surrender their lives in the hands of God amidst the chaos and worries of this world the kingdom of God is within them already. The kingdom of God is also your rock solid faith in Jesus for He is your safe refuge whenever you are being battered by the trials of daily life.

Do you already have the kingdom of God? – Marino J. Dasmarinas


Monday, November 7, 2016

Reflection for Thursday November 10, Saint Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church; Luke 17:20-25

A man was always busy with the things of this world, he was busy making himself rich for he thought that it would give him fulfilment. But the more that he became rich the more that he became busier with the things of this world.

Where can we find the kingdom of God? We certainly cannot find it if we are always busy with the things of this world. We cannot find the kingdom of God if we continue to allow this world to dictate upon us. By accumulating the things of this world which we will leave behind someday.

A woman was asked: “Where does the kingdom of God rest?” She calmly said: “its here and now in my heart.” This woman was a prayerful woman, she lives her faith and she was always a constant presence in the Eucharistic Celebration.

The kingdom of God is ours for the taking if we learn to become prayerful, if we learn to live our faith and if we prioritize our one hour presence at Holy Mass over our many worldly activities. Worldly undertakings which only brings us further away from the Kingdom God. – Marino J. Dasmarinas


The kingdom of God is among you – Today, the Pharisees ask Jesus, with a mixture of interest, curiosity, fear… something that has always been of interest for all of us: when will the Kingdom of God come over? when will it be the last day, the end of the world, Christ’s return to judge the living and the dead in the day of the Last Judgment?

Jesus tells them that this is unpredictable. We only know that it will suddenly come, without notice: it will be «As lightning» (Lk 17:24), a sudden occurrence, full of light and glory, at the same time. As for other circumstances, Jesus’ second advent remains a complete mystery. But Jesus gives us a true and certain clue: as of now, «the kingdom of God is among you» (Lk 17:21). Or: «inside you».

The great event of the last day will be a universal accomplishment, but it also happens in the little microcosm of each one’s heart. It is there where we must actually seek the Kingdom. Heaven can be found deep inside us, where we must also find Jesus.

This Kingdom that unpredictably will start “outside” may commence right now “inside” us. The last day starts its configuration right now, inside us. If we want to be allowed into the Kingdom in that last day, we must let the Kingdom get inside us, right now. If we want Jesus to be our merciful judge in that particular moment, we better make him right now our best friend and our inside guest.

St. Bernard, in a sermon for Advent, speaks of the three advents of Christ. The first advent, which we now commemorate as Christmas; the third advent, is the Parousia, the advent in which Christ will come to judge the living and the dead, and to take us to himself. Then St. Bernard explains the second, or middle, advent as the “time of visitation” by which Christ is now present and active in each of our lives. It is there, where the first and the third advents appear on a personal and experienced level. Jesus’ verdict on Judgment’s day must already be resounding now in our heart. That, which has yet to arrive, is already now a reality. Fr. Josep Mª MASSANA i Mola OFM (Barcelona, Spain)


HIS TRUE PRESENCE – “The coming of the kingdom of God cannot be observed… the kingdom of God is among you.” – Luke 17:20-21

In the early days of my conversion, I was always invited by different religious sects to attend their Bible studies and prayer meetings. They quoted passages in the Bible just to convince me to leave my religion and join theirs.

There were life-changing testimonies from former Catholics who converted when they felt Jesus was more “present” in that specific religious denomination. But every time I asked them about Mary as the Mother of God and the Holy Eucharist as the true presence of Christ, they couldn’t give me concrete answers.

Finally, after so many groups had tried to convince me about their “true” religion, it was God Himself who manifested His presence to me. I attended daily Mass during my lunch breaks and the first of those daily Masses happened on December 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception. What further proof did I need to show the people on the real presence of God?

From then on, my life changed. To this day, I continue to receive Jesus daily in the Holy Eucharist, where God’s presence is truly magnified. Monty Mendigoria (

Reflection: Beware and never let your guards down. There will be voices of deception to make us believe that they were sent to bring salvation. Let Jesus reveal Himself and let Him manifest in your life.

My Lord, let Your almighty power come like a flash of lightning and let the world see Your greatness in every corner of the Earth.


November 12, 2015

Thursday of the 32nd Week in the Ordinary Time

Wisdom 7:22 – 8: 1, Luke 17:20-25

Within You

The Pharisees asked Jesus “when” the kingdom will come. But Jesus explains “how” it will come. And finally Jesus tells “where” the kingdom is to be found. The kingdom of God is within you, in your midst.

The teaching about the kingdom of God is the sum and substance of the proclamation of Jesus. To the question of the Pharisees about the time of its coming Jesus does not give a direct answer, but he explains the manner it is being realized in the world.

Jesus wants his disciples to know the “nature” of the kingdom and not its “timing.”

Curiosity to know the things of the future is natural and human. The Pharisees with their messianic expectation were interested to know about that great moment in their history. But they seemed to forget the need of preparing themselves for the messianic kingdom.

Jesus wanted his disciples not to be mere spectators of the kingdom, but active participants. He clarified to them that the kingdom is not something that they would find here or there. It is useless to look for it, as though something that can be observed outside. Jesus would remind them: the kingdom of God is within you, it is among you, it is in your midst!

It means that the kingdom is present in the person of Jesus and in his words and actions. It has been already inaugurated in his arrival in the world and in his proclamation of salvation to all. Through his words and deeds he exercises the authority of God on earth.

Jesus invites his disciples to be witnesses to the “happening” of the kingdom in their midst. In order to participate in it they have to undergo a process of intense transformation. They have to develop a totally new “vision” to see the Son of Man in his glory.  He will come as a lightning, with flashes that lights up the sky.

Jesus reminds at the same time how the Son of Man would enter his glory. He must first suffer and experience rejection.

Jesus shows the way of the cross as the way to glory. It is the process through which the kingdom “happens” or realizes in the world and in the life of each disciple of Jesus.

The process of death and resurrection is ingrained into the nature of the kingdom of God, which is like a grain of wheat. The life of the disciples is patterned according to the life of Jesus himself who suffered and died before he entered his glory.

When Jesus says that the kingdom is present “within you” he reminds us of the indwelling Spirit who accompanies us throughout the process of its realization. As we live on earth we live the continuous tension between the inauguration and the fulfillment of the kingdom of God in our day to day experiences. It is this creative tension between suffering and glory that makes our Christian life challenging and meaningful. Dr. Sebastian Elavathingal CMI


November 10, 2016

Who does not like fireworks? It is always fascinating to see the rockets, those swift shafts of light shooting through the dark sky, suddenly exploding into a multi-colored ball of gigantic sparks.

Well, it seems that many Christians would like Christianity to be as full of surprises and as entertaining as a fireworks show. They would want flashy things to happen, so that the rest of the world would be alerted to the fact that things are moving on the Christian scene!

Yet, nothing much seems to happen, at least nothing that can create headlines in the newspapers. Why not, they ask in dismay.

The answer to these questions is given in today’s gospel reading. For at the time of Jesus some Pharisees were also on the lookout for the Kingdom of God and they expected some kind of spiritual fireworks. But Jesus tells them that there is nothing spectacular about the Kingdom of God, that it is already among them (a better translation than within). He is referring here (cf. Lk 10:9, 11; 11:2a) to the occasions when people turn to God. There is nothing spectacular in a conversion, yet it changes one’s destiny forever.


See Today’s Readings:  Year I,   Year II

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