Imagine our world without war and hate, revenge and greed. Now try to imagine our country without division and distrust, poverty, and inequality. What would our neighborhoods and homes be like if we understood our own human dignity and saw that same worth in those around us? Sound like a Pollyanna-type wish? Or is it the reality of what life is meant to be when we come to realize what it means when our prayer: “thy kingdom come, thy will be done” is answered? In the reading from Corinthians and the gospel today we are given a vision of what qualities and values are present in those who understand that the kingdom of God is in their midst, and who strive to bring kingdom values into their lives. St. Paul urges us not to receive the grace of God in vain.
Each time we come together around the table of the Eucharist we are given the vision and the means of making kingdom living a reality. Here we are one, here we are fed without question, here we are loved as members of one family regardless of status or cultural norms of success or goodness. Do we understand? This is a present reality—not a future hope. St. Paul says, “behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold now is the day or salvation.”
St. Eymard echoes the words of St. Paul when he says: “tomorrow will be too late.” Do I live with that same sense of urgency? As we see an issue that threatens our oneness as a human family or stifles our ability to love one another, let us choose hope over hopelessness and be challenged to action.
To whom or to what situation am I called today to bring kingdom values of peace, generosity, forgiveness and love?
Let us pray:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. For it is in dying that we are born into eternal life. Amen
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)