Reflections - February 17, 2019

“Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours.” Lk. 6:20.

I have always reflected about what the Kingdom of God is? I have sometimes heard answers that were a little abstract and individualistic that as one young man said do not reflect what the Lord wants to convey in this profound message of salvation.

A few days ago I read a phrase about the Kingdom of God, which made an impact on me and wanted to share it with you.

“The Kingdom of God is the destiny of our human race.”

What a deep phrase! We live in a world where some have lost the sense of here and now, the sense of what is to come beyond life forgetting that the Kingdom of God is what makes life worth living. For me it is also what gives meaning and purpose as baptized people to our pastoral and missionary efforts worrying about our neighbor with the power of the Word of Christ which sometimes is not made alive: “To love God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength and to love your neighbor as yourself”. It is also to quench the hunger and weeping of the poor making them laugh giving meaning to their life with the message of hope of the Kingdom of Justice and Peace which Christ began with His life, death and resurrection. It is the evangelizing Praxis of Paul: “To make all with all” to win them all for Christ”, to suffer with others and then to laugh with them in the Kingdom even when we are persecuted. Remember that in this 21stcentury there many ways to be persecuted. It could sometimes be a way of life that clashes with anti-values and superficialities.

“Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and insult you, and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in heaven.” This is the promise of the Son of God, the Creator of the world “of all that is visible and invisible” who speaks to us of a new world as Paul says: “Where neither eyes saw nor ears heard what the Lord has created for all His children even after this life”.

Let us pray to the Lord in the Eucharist to strengthen us in faith so that we may work and live with the hope of sons and daughters of the Kingdom, the fate of our Christian humanity, and the prize of a consecrated life which from now on struggles for justice for every human being who are part of the Kingdom of Christ, the face of God. Amen.