READ : Mark 1:14-15
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near . . .” (v. 15)
When the daily newspaper is a sea of tormented tidings, and when sin and suffering seem to be everywhere, that’s when I need to remember the kingdom of God.
Jesus spoke of the kingdom as a present reality. He began his public ministry by proclaiming that the kingdom was at hand. But Jesus also spoke of the kingdom as a future hope, something that is not yet here. At his trial before Pilate, he said: “My kingdom is not of this world.”
So which is it: present reality or future hope? It’s both. In his parables, Jesus said that the kingdom was like seed in the ground, or yeast in the dough. That is, the kingdom is fully present, seminal and germinal, active and stirring, yet not fully developed and manifest.
There is nothing in the newspaper that would lead you to believe that the reign of God has begun. But don’t despair. Don’t lose heart. Don’t let sin or sorrow cause you to doubt God’s ultimate triumph. The kingdom is here. Hidden and secret, yes. But it’s here, alive and growing. Like seed in the ground. Like yeast in the dough. “Do not be afraid, little flock,” said Jesus, “for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32).
Thy kingdom come! Amen.