Thy Kingdom Come!

22 Nov 2015 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on Thy Kingdom Come!

Sweden-20110906-090We have arrived at the last Sunday of the Church’s liturgical year. Our final salutation is to acknowledge that (the risen) Christ is our sovereign Lord over all earthly authorities. At the same time we remain ever aware that the kind of authority/power that Christ wields is that of Servant.He has turned authority/power on its head!

As we experienced last week, the Church presents us in the first two reading with passages of apocalyptic visions about the last days. At least this much is evident… there will be magnificent rewards in store for those who are faithful. Recall that even during His earthly life, Jesus took His disciples up Mt. Tabor, no doubt, to help them see beyond the suffering that was to come.  There on the mount he showed them the Transfiguration… what the future would be like after His Passion!

While we struggle with apocalyptic images and language found in our first two readings, Jesus in the Gospel is clear: “My kingdom does not belong to this world…”, and again “…My kingdom is not here…” Contemplating these sacred words, St. Augustine coined the famous phrase: “We have not here a lasting city, but rather we seek one to come!”

We Christians remain in dynamic tension… on one hand, we have a vocation to bring about, in union with Christ, the transformation of all creation. However, at the same time,  it is all too obvious that this transformation has not yet come to pass!  As a result, we labor in the vineyard, all the while knowing that someone else in the future will do the harvesting. “Thy kingdom come!”

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