"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:
- 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.
Reference: (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