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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Thursday of the 32nd Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

November15, 2018

Thursday of the 32nd Week in the Ordinary Time


Wisdom 7:22 - 8, 1

Gospel LK 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."

 

Within You


The Pharisees asked Jesus "when" the kingdom will come. But Jesus explains "how" it will come. And finally Jesus tells "where" the kingdom is to be found. The kingdom of God is within you, in your midst.


The teaching about the kingdom of God is the sum and substance of the proclamation of Jesus. To the question of the Pharisees about the time of its coming Jesus does not give a direct answer, but he explains the manner it is being realized in the world.


Jesus wants his disciples to know the “nature” of the kingdom and not its “timing.”


Curiosity to know the things of the future is natural and human. The Pharisees with their messianic expectation were interested to know about that great moment in their history. But they seemed to forget the need of preparing themselves for the messianic kingdom.


Jesus wanted his disciples not to be mere spectators of the kingdom, but active participants. He clarified to them that the kingdom is not something that they would find here or there. It is useless to look for it, as though something that can be observed outside. Jesus would remind them: the kingdom of God is within you, it is among you, it is in your midst!


It means that the kingdom is present in the person of Jesus and in his words and actions. It has been already inaugurated in his arrival in the world and in his proclamation of salvation to all. Through his words and deeds he exercises the authority of God on earth.


Jesus invites his disciples to be witnesses to the “happening” of the kingdom in their midst. In order to participate in it they have to undergo a process of intense transformation. They have to develop a totally new “vision” to see the Son of Man in his glory. He will come as a lightning, with flashes that lights up the sky.


Jesus reminds at the same time how the Son of Man would enter his glory. He must first suffer and experience rejection.


Jesus shows the way of the cross as the way to glory. It is the process through which the kingdom “happens” or realizes in the world and in the life of each disciple of Jesus.


The process of death and resurrection is ingrained into the nature of the kingdom of God, which is like a grain of wheat. The life of the disciples is patterned according to the life of Jesus himself who suffered and died before he entered his glory.


When Jesus says that the kingdom is present “within you” he reminds us of the indwelling Spirit who accompanies us throughout the process of its realization. As we live on earth we live the continuous tension between the inauguration and the fulfillment of the kingdom of God in our day to day experiences. It is this creative tension between suffering and glory that makes our Christian life challenging and meaningful.


Dr. Sebastian Elavathingal CMI


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