THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS HERE
By Peter Paul Marcelo, BCBP Pasay
“For all men were by nature foolish who were in ignorance of God, and who from the good things seen did not succeed in knowing who is, and from studying the works did not discern the artisan… For if they so far succeeded in knowledge that they could speculate about the world, how did they not more quickly find its Lord?”
Wisdom 13:1,9 (NAB)
I think it must have been a week since i had another funny experience which i know many of you have experienced also one way or the other. Remember those rare occasions when you were looking for something and it was right there in front of you all along? There was this particular time when i was looking for a car key. I looked for it everywhere. I dug drawers five times and it was just hanging on my belt strap all along. Then, last week, i was looking for my reading glasses. In my frantic search, i did not notice that it was where I placed it – sitting above my nose.
I asked myself, “How could I be looking at other places?” This is essentially the question the Book of Wisdom was trying to answer. Where on earth can we find the Kingdom of God? Is it somewhere far away? Do they have it there at that church that has good music ministry or a better preacher? Do they have it over there where the worshippers are more into it than what we show in our attendance and tithes? If not, perhaps the Kingdom of God is not here yet. So, we will have to wait for a millennium or a few centuries more for it to happen.
Sometimes, people wonder when will the Kingdom of God happen. They either wait for a particularly strange combination of year to come or someone influential on TV to say that the world is coming to an end.
What if, instead of doing that, we listen to Jesus who said we will know for sure when he will come back. Lightning will light up the whole sky. It’s going to be very obvious! So do not let anyone with an influential voice and convincing mathematical calculations convince us that Jesus will happen at a particular place and time.
What if we trust Jesus who says we do not need to search too far, or wait too long. He says the Kingdom of God is right here. It’s already among us.
We see during the course of Salvation History that the Father gradually revealed to man the notion of the Holy Spirit. Revealed in different shades in the Old Testament, Scripture speaks of a Wisdom pervading all things. It speaks of Wisdom being more mobile than anything else that is in motion. Isn’t this our notion of the Holy Spirit? That God’s Spirit is everywhere and can penetrate time and space? That He pervades in everything that we do and in ever part of our world?
If we truly believe in this notion of the Holy Spirit as we read in Scriptures, then we know that God is indeed with us and that the Kingdom of God is not somewhere else or will happen sometime in the future.
The Kingdom of God is among us who gather every single week for breakfast and assembly. We enter into the Kingdom of God when we participate in the Holy Mass, in our Action Group meetings, and in our Intercessory and Healing Sessions. It happens there, no matter how crappy the preparations are or how few the attendance will get. There is the Kingdom of God.
Brothers and sisters, we do not need to search elsewhere. It’s such a wonderful feeling to know that the Kingdom of God is among us.
I believe that Jesus also meant for us not to waste our energy looking elsewhere for the Kingdom of God, but rather we should be using that same energy in inviting people into this Kingdom.
As we pray as a community, struggling to carry out mandate and getting worried about whether our efforts would amount to anything, perhaps our invitation to God might be for His Spirit to help us reach an awareness of how pervasive the Spirit is in our lives so that we may be confident that we are in the Kingdom of God and what we should be doing is inviting people into it, building it up, and making it better. We throw doubt and discouragement out of the window and start building this kingdom, the Kingdom of God.