The Church of Saint Agnes

1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

The Church of Saint Agnes
1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

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Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus

Date: 
Fri, 01/26/2018
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

“The Kingdom of God is among you.”
This is the good news Jesus proclaims.   Seeds of the Kingdom have been planted.
They will grow until the time of harvest,
until that time in the future when Jesus returns in his glory.
 
What is the Kingdom of God?
It is a mystery. It is how God is present in this world
and how God will be present to us for eternity.
It is a place where God’s love rules, where God’s love reigns forever.
There is no sin in the kingdom of God.
It is that place where darkness is overcome and from which evil is banished forever.
It is a place of joy and happiness and peace.
Physically, geographically, it is the Church, the Body of Christ, but it is more than this.
Where ever there is Christian faith, where ever there is Christian hope,
the Kingdom of God has taken root.
 
The Kingdom of God isn’t a building.
It takes up residence in the human heart but also exists beyond human comprehension.
It is a particular way of seeing reality and of living in this world.
It is a state of mind, a state of heart, a state of being.  It is as big as God.
 
We are to embrace this kingdom, integrate our lives into it, make it part of our existence,
always remembering that it is a matter of God’s work according to God’s time.
God is responsible for its growth.
It does no good for us to be anxious about the coming of the Kingdom.
It does no good for us to be impatient.
The Kingdom will come in its fullness.
God promises us that the Kingdom will come.
On our part we pray for its coming, we trust in its coming, we wait for its coming.
 
Jesus teaches about the Kingdom and uses parables when he does so.
On our part we listen, we seek to increase our understanding, our knowledge.
By using everyday examples, things we know about in this world,
Jesus reveals to us the Kingdom that is to come.
The Kingdom starts out small and becomes very large.
It touches people’s hearts, it changes people’s lives, it becomes fruitful like a harvest.
 
Since the Kingdom of God is important to Jesus, it is important to us.
It is closely linked to his purpose of dying on the cross and rising from the dead.
Jesus’ presence among us is a sign that the Kingdom is also among us.
Part of our faith journey is to give our attention to the Kingdom, be of service to the Kingdom.
to acknowledge its truth, to celebrate its effect on our lives.
In the Kingdom it is God who provides.  It is God who protects.  It is God who guides.
And as citizens of the Kingdom we submit to God’s rule, God’s reign over us.
 
To live in the Kingdom here and now, is to live in love, in goodness, in kindness and mercy.
It is to live with honor and integrity according to the wisdom and truth of Jesus Christ.
 
Our prayer today:  “O Lord, may Your Kingdom come.  Inspired by the life of Your Son Jesus Christ, help us to live according to the ways of Your Kingdom.  Help us to look forward to that day when sin will be no more and Your Kingdom of peace will endure forever.  Amen!”