READINGS for 2006-11-16
WHY GET EDGY?
?the kingdom of God is in the midst of you. ? Luke 17:21
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR John 16-17
THE KINGDOM AMONG US
In a time where democracy is understood by more and more nations as the best political system, the word and idea of a ?kingdom? sounds alien. And yet, the Bible speaks frequently about the Kingdom of God. In ten days we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. Every time we pray the ?Our Father? we pray for the coming of God?s kingdom. Are we waiting for a political system that will replace our democracies because they have failed? No, Jesus never spoke or thought of political power. When he praised the poor in spirit he promised them, ?Yours is the Kingdom.? That means that his kingdom is a kingdom for and of the poor and the oppressed! God?s kingdom will replace the power of Satan. It will replace the values of Satan (money, prestige and power) with the values of God: sharing, equality and humble service. Jesus spoke of poverty but he did not idealize it. Rather he dreamt of a kingdom or world-wide community which would be so structured that there would be no rich and no poor. The first Christian community in Jerusalem is described as ?having everything in common.? It follows that any society where some suffer because of their poverty, and others have more than they need is still part of the kingdom of Satan.
Lord, meditating on your Kingdom, I realize that much in my life is still part of the kingdom of Satan because I still embrace those values. It needs so much courage to practice the value of your Kingdom in a society where the values of Satan?s kingdom are so strong. But You need my help to spread Your Kingdom. Give me the Spirit of strength to make Your Kingdom grow and transform our society.
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