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You’ll Know When You Know


Reflection on Mass Reading for November 15, 2018

Let’s take a look at this astounding Gospel passage because in many ways it deals with matters and issues that we must face every single day of our lives on multi levels of variety: “Asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come.”  People are seemingly always asking questions that begin with “when.” When will I find a good job? When will I get a raise? When will dinner be served? When will I know when I’m in love? “The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’” We read that Jesus was asked by some Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would finally come because in their mind, they wanted to be on top of things when the big moment finally arrived, with their power and influence all intact. However, as you may have heard, we make plans and God laughs.

“For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you.” The great and mysterious message for all of us today is simple. The Kingdom cannot be found by looking around for telltale signs so that you can say it is here or there. In other words, it is right in front of us. First and foremost, the Kingdom is in the very person of Jesus, who is the incarnation embodiment of God’s reign. He is the Messiah-King ruling here right now in the hearts of those who love Him. “But first he must suffer greatly and be rejected by this generation.” So while the Lord’s reign is already in play, the search for the exact time can stop right here right now and find its resting place among our day-to-day struggles and little deaths along the way. The Kingdom is truly among us and we need to look no further than the daily experiences of our own lives to know and experience the power and presence of Jesus. you see, the time of that final coming which will be the end of all suffering and rejection is not for us to decide – nor to worry about. So, when will the Kingdom of God arrive? You’ll know when you know.

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