November 16, 2017
Thursday of the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Luke 17: 20-25
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.”
Then 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.
There 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.
For 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.
But first he must suffer greatly and be rejected by this generation.”
Reflection (Sem. Peter Collin C. Crisostomo)
Today’s Gospel invites me to reflect on the words that Christ said to his disciples, “The kingdom of God is among you.” This makes me ask myself, why look for it outside of us, Jesus tells us that the kingdom of God resides among us.
In one of the commentaries I have read, the word “among you” is similar to the word “within,” and in such manner, within would mean in each and every one?
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (546), to gain the Kingdom, one must give everything. Words are not enough, deeds are required. This is what I should work on.
Given that I am in the formation – answering the call to priesthood, I am invited always to look within. I ask myself, “How can I share God’s grace to others and how can I be an instrument of Him in spreading His Kingdom?” Acknowledging my sinfulness and my unworthiness would be of help for me to radiate God’s Kingdom.
Owning our weaknesses is something good because we can be fully aware of what is asked of us, to live like Christ. This might be the call for us, to fulfill God’s mission in spreading His Kingdom, but before we do that we must own it first for we cannot give what we do not have.
Let us unveil our false self so that we can let the Kingdom of God reign in us and we let it remain in us with the help of the Holy Spirit.