The passion of Jesus’ life was to bring about the reign of God, a world in which people were united in God’s love, compassion, justice and peace. He lived it; he preached it, and he died for it. It was a vision of wholeness and an integral part of it was each person’s individual conversion. Let us reflect on how we can renew our own commitment to this vision which we claim to embrace as Christians.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth
How would my life be different if I tried to live out Jesus’ vision of God’s reign? To what does this call me?
Then he said, What is the kingdom of God like? And t what shall I compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it And again he said, To what shall I liken the kingdom of God? It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened
Luke 13: 18 -21
If you have not chosen the Kingdom of God first, it will in the end make no difference what you have chosen instead.
Whatsoever one would understand what he hears must hasten to put into practice what he has heard.
Gregory the Great
Those who teach by their doctrine must teach by their life, or else they pull down with one hand what they build up with the other.
A holy life has a voice. It speaks when the tongue is silent, and is either a constant attraction or a perpetual reproof.
Whatever God’s dream about man may be, it seems certain it cannot come true unless man cooperates.
Stella Terrill Mann