Meditation for the Day

Thursday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time, November 12

May We Be True and Faithful Disciples, Filled with Wisdom and the Righteous Fear of the Lord, Always Yearning to Feel the Consoling Warmth of God’s Loving Presence and His Kingdom within Us.

Our Lord responds to a question posed by the Pharisees in today’s Gospel, “…behold, the Kingdom of God is among you.”

The change of the seasons is upon us. The November days are getting shorter as darkness comes earlier every evening. The fields have yielded their harvest for the year, and there are days when it feels like winter is right around the corner. On one hand, we look forward to the holidays that we are about to celebrate during this time of the year; but on the other, we begin to think of the harshness of the winter months which are still yet to come.

Some things in life are inevitable – the seasons of the year will continue to change; we’re forever hoping that our favorite football or baseball team will one day win the championship; and, with the passage of each new year, we find ourselves with a couple more strands of gray hair and a new wrinkle.

But the one constant which will always remain – for those whose hearts are opened, contrite and humbled – is the fact that the Kingdom of God is always among us; the Kingdom of God is always within us!

Exactly what is this “Kingdom of God” about which our Lord is speaking in today’s Gospel?

In our First Reading today, Paul’s Letter addresses the fact that God’s Presence is within each one of us, no matter what our station in life might be. During the time of Roman occupation, slavery was an accepted way of life in many parts of the ancient world.

But Paul’s writing about Onesimus reminds Philemon, to whom the Letter is addressed, that, be a person freeman or slave, we are all brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, and we are each to be accorded the dignity as children of God the Father – for of such is the Kingdom of God!

It is the very nature of God that He invites us, no matter what our class, color, creed, political or financial status may be, into an enduring and lasting friendship with Himself – an intimate relationship which unites the creature with the Creator. God does not owe to any one of us such an invitation, but He offers it freely by virtue of the infinite and unfathomable Love He has for each and every one of us.

In this relationship, God constantly offers Himself to us as our Father. And, in and through His Divine Son, God is inviting you and me, by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, to live our lives as His adopted children – thus becoming heirs, co-heirs with Christ, sharing in the blessedness of Heaven!

For as we read in the words of today’s psalmist, “The LORD secures justice for the oppressed, gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets captives free.”

And it is in this freedom which God offers to each of us, welcoming us to embrace His Truth, freeing us from the captivity and the slavery which sin imposes upon us, whereby God’s invitation to you and me truly becomes realized – for the Kingdom of God then reigns in our communion and in our personal and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

And this Kingdom of God is already reigning within the hearts of the faithful today, but in a rather incomplete way. And our faith teaches us that God’s Kingdom will only come to its fullness, and in glory, when Christ finally hands it over to his Father at the end of time.

For it is then that all Scripture and all prophecy will find its completion, its ultimate fulfillment, “For just as lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day.”

We can liken the fulfillment of God’s Kingdom to a chilly November day when the body is yearning for a cup of warm soup or a cup of hot cocoa or tea or coffee. For just as the body desires to feel the soothing comfort of something warm, so the soul also yearns to feel the constant and consoling warmth of God’s Loving Presence within itself.

May Christ Jesus, who is the true Son of Man and the Only-Begotten of the Eternal Father, bring His Kingdom to rule within our hearts and master our souls, so that we may be true and faithful disciples, filled with wisdom and the righteous fear of the Lord, always embracing His Love and longing for our eternal union with the God who has promised us the fulfillment of all that is truly wondrous and holy –

– the greatest of all wonders to be found only in His Kingdom, the Kingdom for which we pray and for which our soul deeply yearns! For only in our realization of this Heavenly wonder shall we find our true and everlasting peace and happiness!

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Please Comment, Like and Share, and Suggest to your Facebook friends – to spread the message of God’s Merciful Love.

Por favor Comente, Le Gusta y Comparta, y Sugiera a tus amigos en Facebook – en difundir el mensaje del Misericordioso Amor de Dios.

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Scripture for the Day

  • “Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, [Jesus] said in reply, ‘The coming of the kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’ For behold, the kingdom of God is among you.’(Luke 17:20-21)
  • “For just as lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day.” (Luke 17:24)
  • “[The LORD] secures justice for the oppressed, who gives bread to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free.” (Psalm 146:7)
  • “Perhaps this is why he was away from you for a while, that you might have him back forever, no longer as a slave but more than a slave, a brother…as a man and in the Lord.” (Philemon 15-16a, 16d)
  • “…Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: ‘This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.’(Mark 1:14b-15)
  • “Jesus said to [Thomas], ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’(John 14:6)
  • “For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)
  • “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of food and drink, but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17)
  • “My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the LORD. My heart and flesh cry out for the living God.” (Psalm 84:3)

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Prayer for the Day

“The light above, where my God reigns,
This it is that my soul yearns for,
This it is for which my heart longs,
And my whole being bounds towards You.

“I hasten on to the other world, to God alone,
Into the incomprehensible light, the very fire of love,
For my soul and my heart are created for Him,
And my heart has loved Him from my tender youth.

“There, in the resplendent light of Your countenance
My languishing love will rest.
For I agonize for You in my exile,
For I live only when united with You.”

Saint Faustina (Diary, § 1653)

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