The Kingdom of God Is Within U

Venerable Catherine McAuley “The Kingdom of God is Among You.”

Wisdom 7:22-8:1; Luke 17:20-25

“The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed, nor will they say, “Look here it is!  or “There it is!”  For in fact, The Kingdom of God is among you!”

As I pick up the newspaper I see people being evicted, refugees trying to find a place to live, country’s ravaged by war; people of different beliefs fighting each other destructively. Yesterday I was at the Wharf and I noticed  many Muslims in the mix of the crowd. It was a beautiful sight seeing the women in their religious wear, taking care of their children.  We are a pluralistic world, and yet many Muslims in San Francisco are fearful.

The Kingdom of God is within each of us. I talk about feeling the “Angel of Death” flutter around me, and lately I have felt that presence. I have been with individuals who have died, I have been warned by my physician with the change in weather to be careful because if I get an infection she is not sure if the antibiotics available will be effective;  And when I feel that presence, as I have for sometime, all passes away–race, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender–we become one in Christ where the common denominator is love.  “The Kingdom of God is within us,”–the ability to love our neighbor as ourselves, to live in peace, to share of our physical goods so that all will be taken care of, to do so without judgment. We can see our differences as a part of a great kaleidoscope. reflecting the the beautiful colors of the God of many faces. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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