By Chaplain Jorge Budez
Quite often we hear people talking about God’s kingdom.
In the Gospels, Jesus repeatedly taught about this kingdom and its immediate fulfillment, making it a subject of central importance to his message. Consequently, Jesus’ preaching about this subject promoted an image of God that inspired his followers to work for the neediest in their community.
For Jesus, the coming of God’s kingdom is like a journey, which one must begin here on Earth and undertake through hard work and dedication.
Throughout this journey of service, Jesus discloses to his followers both new meanings and a deeper understanding of God’s love. Christian discipleship, then, is for us, and for those whom we serve, a moment filled with joy and hope.
As true believers, we must humbly return to Jesus’ idea of the kingdom. This kingdom could and should be a symbol of humbleness and the unity of Christian purpose — to strengthen all in faith, hope, and love.
Such a kingdom is in the range of our possibilities, we only need to immerse ourselves in the spirit of the Christ.
With this in mind, perhaps the best way to bring to present this kingdom would be to start speaking less and work more, evangelizing, feeding the hungry, and giving aid to the poor, the sick, and the oppressed.
In one word, it is nothing else than the transformation of our brothers and sisters as we demonstrate the reality of God’s kingdom in our lives, churches, and communities.
Our charge is to work to make this world a better place, but sometimes the task can seem monumental and the journey lonely.
Do not get discouraged if you do not see change as quickly as you might like. Remember that God has his own time.
Remember also that you are not alone, for not only is the presence of God with you, but so is the community of all believers.
The Kingdom comes wherever the spirit is active — in a simple act of kindness, in a refusal to accept injustice, in the tireless effort for bringing peace, in the care of nature, and in countless other ways that increase human compassion and the well-being of creation.