Repent, and prepare for the coming kingdom right now…

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Gift:  Understanding – With the gift of understanding, we comprehend how we need to live as a follower of Jesus Christ. A person with understanding is not confused by all the conflicting messages in our culture about the right way to live.

Reading:    1 2 For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.  (Galatians 5:1)

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9 While still more people gathered in the crowd, he said to them, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation.  (Luke 11:29-30)

Observation:  This morning, I was looking for the easy way to explain these two readings, and I don’t think I achieved that.  What I found was that Paul’s exhortation to the Galatians and Jesus admonition to the Pharisees could just as easily been addressed to me today as them in their time.  Our church can get too caught up in the seasons and forget that we should be living in the moment.  Why wait for Advent to start preparing for Christmas?  I mean logically we know that Jesus was born over 2000 years ago, he is not going to be born again at Christmas this year.  As Father Michael Manning says in his reflection today from the Video Reflections on the USCCB website, we should be enjoying the signs that we have in the sacraments with a joyful awareness of God’s love that is present in all the symbolism that exist in them, especially the Eucharist.

Personification:  Joy – The ability to celebrate life even in the midst of pain and confusion.    I will try to be displaying the fruit of joy in my life today as I attend our communion service this morning.  Even though we do not have the opportunity to celebrate Mass, I should be aware of the mysterious presence of our Lord in the sacrament of the Eucharist this morning and every time I receive it, and I should react with the joy that should come with the knowledge that Jesus gave us this sign that he is always with us.

Prayer:  Lord, help me to be aware of your presence in our world today and help me to prepare for whatever is coming.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.

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3 thoughts on “Repent, and prepare for the coming kingdom right now…

    • Kathleen,
      It is a pleasure to know that you enjoy them. Sometimes, I am so rushed in the morning to complete them, that I don’t even know if the thoughts connect. I am glad that the thoughts connected for you this morning, and I was reminded again about the fact that someone greater than Jonah has come to this world, in my reading of the 12th chapter of the gospel of Matthew this morning. We should see the sign that he gave us in his resurrection that this life will end and something better waits for us in the next life, and we should continue to prepare together for his coming again and help others understand that this life is fleeting. God bless you!

  1. abey

    The 3 critical factors before the Kingdom of God on Earth are 1) The coming of the forerunner John the Baptist who came in the Spirit & Power of Elijah to the announcement 2) the coming of the Messiah & finally 3) The manifestation of the sons of God to Rom 8:19, which is yet to.
    In the old, The sons of God married the daughters of men to the Line of Seth & the line of Cain respectively & the earth eventually became corrupted by sexual corruptions which is a prelude to violence for which man was destroyed. Except this time redeemed from among men are the sons of God called the Elect (not Elites) , the remnant seed of the Woman who are not defiled by women, (who keep the commandments of God & have the testimony of Jesus, for the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy which the world lacks today, even unto the words “My people fall ’cause of the lack of Knowledge) the sons of God averse to sexual corruptions the core of which is come the “Sodom” the very marker., even unto the Prophecy “As it was in the days of Noah & Lot so shall it be at the coming of the son of man is to mean that Sodom in particular would become an “Accepted & Normal”(business as usual) “Way of Life” which is clearly being brought about today spear headed by America & the West even by the words of Obama & Hillary Clinton, such that when “Sin” becomes a normal way of Life, then will come sudden Judgement /Destruction.
    Make no mistake till all these things be fulfilled will only then the Kingdom of God be on earth. So be not deceived when they say the Kingdom is here or there, For when Jesus told the Pharisees, who were always taunting Him, “The Kingdom of heaven is among you” He was meaning Himself.
    It is also to know that the Kingdoms of this world established in the modern off that ‘ole iniquity at the time of QE1 through Freemasonry, the very Entity off that Enmity from Eden with Theosophy as its eye, to the age of evil, when good is called evil & evil called good through Gnosticism, these that sit against the Kingdom of God by His Christ.
    Moreover it is not the Church in the flesh but that in the Spirit which will prevail against the gates of hell as Prophesied by Christ, for as the Bible says “His words are Spirit. As to what is the Church that moves in the Spirit is but another topic___>

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