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Luke 17:20-25

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."

Luke 17:20-25
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    • This is the tension of every Christian: to hope that God will intervene and bring about a better world, and at the same time to work and act knowing that it all depends on us. Lord, you are warning me not to be distracted by scaremongers and prophets who claim private revelations about the end of the world. It is our world; we have to shape it and care for it with patience and courage.
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    • “The kingdom of God” means the presence, love and goodness of God. How have I experienced God in my life today? Am I allowing God to take me over more and more? It is thus that the kingdom of God comes to flower in my heart.
    • We often look to the extraordinary for reassurance that God is in our present situation. Yet God is more often found in the quiet; in quiet endurance, quiet joy, quiet kindness and goodness. Lord, let me be quiet and still so that I may find you.
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    • Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world, the Pharisees are wondering when is it going to come not understanding that the kingdom of God is within, it is not an earthly kingdom but a kingdom of the heart where truth and justice, righteousness and peace reigns. To live in the kingdom we must hold on to the teaching of Jesus. ‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness’ and all will be well.
    • Your promise to us Jesus is that if we have you as Lord of our lives everything we need will be ours. This is not to say that we will go through life without pain or hardship, but we will go through life with you at our side to guide and protect us and help us on our way.
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    • The kingdom of God is quiet and unobtrusive, not a big show. One way to understand it is as a domination-free society in which people are liberated to become what God means them to be. I ask that I may not dominate anyone but respect everyone’s freedom to be themselves.
    • I pray: ‘Jesus, you often speak about having to suffer. May I have the courage to bear patiently the crosses that life sends me. May I believe that unavoidable suffering, patiently endured, brings good to the world, as your death did.’
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    • This is the tension of every Christian: to hope that God will intervene and bring about a better world, and at the same time to work and act knowing that it all depends on us. Lord, you are warning me not to be distracted by scaremongers and prophets who claim private revelations about the end of the world. It is our world; we have to shape it and care for it with patience and courage.
    • We have to look hard sometimes to see the kingdom of God and its qualities. We may not notice immediately among the neighbourhood, community or family the things of Jesus' kingdom. Wherever we find the qualities of the beatitudes, or the qualities of sincere love, there we find the kingdom of God.
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    • This is the tension of every Christian: to hope that God will intervene and bring about a better world, and at the same time to work and act knowing that it all depends on us. Lord, you are warning me not to be distracted by scaremongers and prophets who claim private revelations about the end of the world. It is our world; we have to shape it and care for it with patience and courage.
    • We have to look hard sometimes to see the kingdom of God and its qualities. We may not notice immediately among the neighbourhood, community or family the things of Jesus' kingdom. Wherever we find the qualities of the beatitudes, or the qualities of sincere love, there we find the kingdom of God.