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Luke 17:20-25

The Word of God

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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    • How do I recognise the ‘kingdom of God’ present in my own life? It is ‘within’!
    • Can I recognise the miracle, the gift and the wonder of my life now, today?
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    • When we listen to the news, we can easily feel overwhelmed, nothing seems to be peaceful or joyful, God’s activity seems to have disappeared.
    • However, God’s presence and his kingdom is still active. Every time somebody acts out of love, there is God’s kingdom. Where there is justice, no matter how small, there is God’s kingdom; where there is beauty, there is God’s kingdom.
    • I ask myself: how do I see the world around me? Yes, there is pain and suffering but can I also see God’s activity? Looking back on my day I make a list of the small gestures of love - encouraging messages; a phone call etc. I give thanks for these things and I ask Jesus to help me to see his activity and free me from blindness.
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    • The disciples eagerly await the coming of the Kingdom. For us, the death and resurrection of Jesus mean that the kingdom is already within our reach: ‘Behold, the kingdom of God is among you’. It is already present through the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus.
    • Wherever we give or receive true love, kindness, gentleness, compassion, generosity, we experience the Kingdom.
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    • ‘The Kingdom of God is among you!’ There will be no external signs to foretell its coming because it is already here. The greatest sign is the person of Jesus himself who at the beginning of his public ministry announced its arrival. It is like a small seed that will grow into a huge tree, but it is already present and this fills us with hope and assurance: the kingdom is already among us. In a world where the Kingdom seems so far away, even absent sometimes, I ask for the grace to be sensitive to its presence and able to rely on it to sustain my commitment to its growth.
    • The Kingdom is not here in its fullness yet. This in-between time is difficult, and often mysterious, for the good must endure much suffering and rejection, as Jesus himself foretells. I pray for those who are suffering for the sake of the Kingdom. Father, may your kingdom come!
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    • The kingdom of God is within reach; only God can inspire me and enable me to reach a little farther to allow the reign of God to come a little more into effect.
    • The kingdom of God is beyond the sight of many; I ask God to bless me that I may see how God’s Spirit is already at work in the world around me. I might look again at where I feel most challenged, in the hope of seeing how God might be working for good.
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    • The Jews were expecting someone to be sent from God who would bring about the Kingdom of God on this earth – The Messiah. Jesus is for us The Messiah, who came among us. But as he told Pilate,’ My kingdom is not of this world’, but a kingdom of the Spirit.
    • We can all partake of this Kingdom by living as Jesus taught us, by living a truly Christian life. His help is continually present to us in our journey of faith.
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    • The Pharisees' question presumes that the kingdom of God is yet to come, and will be visible (like an earthly kingdom). Jesus replies that the kingdom is already present but is invisible: "The kingdom of God is among you". An alternative translation reads: "The kingdom of God is within you".
    • Talking with his disciples Jesus encourages them not to get worked up, or even overly curious, about the end times and the (second) coming of the Son of Man. Instead let them concentrate on the here and now, and ponder on Jesus' own teaching: that the Son of Man "must first endure much suffering and be rejected by this generation". This they will soon see acted out in Jerusalem.
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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.