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<< Wednesday, September 13, 2000 >> St. John Chrysostom
 
1 Corinthians 7:25-31
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Psalm 45 Luke 6:20-26
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"THY KINGDOM COME" (Mt 6:10)

 
"Blest are you poor, the kingdom of God is yours." —Luke 6:20, our transl.
 

Minutes before He was crucified and saved us, Jesus told Pontius Pilate: "My kingdom does not belong to this world" (Jn 18:36). Jesus put it mildly, for Jesus' kingdom is as different from the world's kingdoms as the heavens are above the earth (see Is 55:9). Consider the following differences:

GOD'S KINGDOM

  • The poor have God's kingdom now (Lk 6:20).
  • The hungry, the weeping, and the persecuted are blessed (Lk 6:20-22).
  • Those married do not seek divorces (see 1 Cor 7:27).
  • Those single do not seek someone to marry (1 Cor 7:27).
  • Those in God's kingdom recognize that "the world as we know it is passing away" (1 Cor 7:31).

THE WORLD'S KINGDOMS

  • The rich possess the world's kingdoms and are possessed by them.
  • The full, the amused, and the popular are enjoying and cursing themselves (see Lk 6:24-25)
  • Those married often seek divorces.
  • Those who are single often date with a view to promiscuity and/or marriage.
  • Those in the world's kingdoms deny reality and history; they act as if this world will last forever.

There are several thousand more differences between God's kingdom and the world's kingdoms. Seek first and only God's kingdom (see Mt 6:33).

 
Prayer: King Jesus, I sell everything to be in Your kingdom (Mt 13:44-46).
Promise: "The time is short." —1 Cor 7:29
Praise: Although St. John's homilies sometimes lasted two hours, people wanted to hear him.
 
(For related teaching, order our leaflet, Seek First the Kingdom.)         
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Edward J. Gratsch, March 8, 2000
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 9, 2000
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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