32nd Week in Ordinary Time (C) : Thursday 10th November 2022

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St Leo the Great, pope & doctor

32nd Week in Ordinary Time (C) : Thursday 10th November 2022

Phm 7-20; Ps. 145:6c-7, 8-9a, 9bc-10;
Lk.17:20-25 (Ps. Wk. IV)

The “Kingdom of God” is in our world – in the person of Christ, alive and active in our history. We need to be open to it … it is within our reach … it is among you. There is no excuse for not being able to grasp it. It depends upon each one of us whether we decide to be touched by it and be transformed within our collective and personal life or not.

The Kingdom of God is active, hope-filled involvement in our world, in the present – in the midst of the ordinary life of the people with no special signs accompanying it. We will never have the luxury of verification by observation, saying, “Those within this Church are in the Kingdom of God. The 144,000 elect (Rev. 7:4) belong to our denomination.” God’s Kingdom is scattered, it is shared, it is quiet, it is at work, it is powerful. And it will never be subject to neat and quick separation, e.g. ‘those baptised and practising Catholics’! Every Church has its own quality control system for getting into the Kingdom because we are all playing the same game that Judaism played! Why not love God and our neighbour and leave the rest to God?

There are countless individuals who seemingly don’t belong to any Church/religion but who give of themselves, their space and time and energy to the “lost, the last and the least”.

Isn’t this a clear manifestation of the Kingdom of God in our midst?

Lord, may we never lose sight of You in our search.

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