Wednesday, September 11, 2013

50 Days of Prayer - Day 19

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Day Nineteen

The Preaching of the Kingdom



Jesus did three great things while on earth - He healed, He taught, and He died.

As for healing and restoring, the Wedding Feast of Cana allows us to meditate on all of the miracles Jesus performed.  When it comes to His teaching, the Mystery of the Proclamation of the Kindgom allows us to reflect upon the heart of the message He conveyed.

And that message, though implicit in everything He did, somehow seems to slip between our fingers.

For what is the Kingdom?  It is the pearl of great price, the treasure hidden in a field - worth more than anything else.  And yet it is tiny as a mustard seed, and a treasure residing in earthen vessels, in the least of our brethren.  It is coming at the End, in judgment and blessing, sheep and goats separated.  And yet it is within you; among you.  You are not far from the Kingdom when you understand the nature of love and surrender.  It is not of this world.  Its coming cannot be observed.  It grows up on its own, we know not how; but weeds sown by the enemy spring up with it, and many for various reasons reject it.  It is like leaven, tiny and unseen but making a culture, bringing life.  The keys to it are given to a sinful, wavering man - who later speaks boldly and stands firm for the Faith.

What is this Kingdom?

For a gloss on the mystery, we have Paul, in a much quoted passage, speaking the most beautiful words in the Bible said by someone other than Christ.  This is the Kingdom.

Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude.  Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in what is right.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends.  (1 Cor. 13:4-6)

Love is not "luv" - not the watery parody we're preached on most Sundays.  It is the cross; it is the only thing that gives our lives meaning.  It is the thing through which all things cohere.  It is God; God is love.

Love is the only thing that matters.

Love and you are not far from the Kingdom.

Let us pray the a decade of the Rosary focusing on the Proclamation of the Kingdom.  And let us pray ...

To you, Immaculate Heart of Mary, we consecrate ourselves – our hearts, minds, wills and lives and all those works we undertake so they may be for the glory of God, for the sake of the Gospel and the salvation of souls. Holy Mother, our Queen and our Joy, give to our hearts the dimensions of yours and form us in the image of your beloved Son.

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