Thursday, April 23, 2015
Kingdom of God
Jesus talks today about the Kingdom of God. He says He won't eat or drink again until He does so in the Kingdom.
i'm currently reading Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI. it's really good. and one thing he says is that there are several accepted meanings of the Kingdom of God. Jesus uses the expression over 90 times, and the church sees it in three ways:
the Kingdom of God is Jesus Himself. He IS the Kingdom of God, and wherever He is, there is His Kingdom.
the Kingdom of God is the community of believers, wherever they're found. it is in the hearts and souls of the faithful.
the Kingdom of God is the Church.
and we're also instructed to pray that His Kingdom will come, and His will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. which is a great prayer to pray every day (maybe that's why He included it in the Lord's Prayer). but it also shows that the Kingdom of God isn't just Heaven itself, because that would make the Lord's Prayer nonsensical.
God, I pray that your Kingdom will come, and your will be done, on Earth, and in my life, as it is in Heaven.