When Jesus is asked when the Kingdom of God will come, he responds, “The Kingdom of God is among you.” He answers their question of “when” with a response of “where.” Why?
What the Pharisees failed to see is that Jesus is himself the King. The Kingdom of God is present whenever and wherever Jesus is. Understanding this idea is important to cooperate with the ongoing revelation of God’s Kingdom in our world today. Each time we pray the Our Father, we recite the words, “Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” We continuously pray that God’s Kingdom be revealed in our world through the presence of Christ in us and in our world. We will one day experience that Kingdom in its fullness, but until then we must continue to cooperate with God’s grace to bring about that reality as it is revealed according to his will.
Lord, Jesus Christ, help me to realize your presence in me, in others, and in my world, so that, with your grace, I may truly mean the words, “Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” May I begin to see your Heavenly reality revealed by you in my life, according to your will and for your glory, until that day when I am welcomed into your Eternal Banquet. Amen.