17 July 2011

The Kingdom


More than anything else during His earthly ministry, Our Lord spoke of the "Kingdom," and it was this kingdom that He announced and established and spread.  There have been volumes written, and countless discourses given, in an attempt to explain exactly what this kingdom is, and it is a deep theological concept.  But it must also have a certain simplicity to it, for Christ to have placed such importance upon it.  Put in the most basic of terms, the "Kingdom of God" is wherever God's Divine Will is done.  The Kingdom of which Christ spoke, then, is both here-and-now as well as something in the future ("thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven...); but most of all it is in the heart of man, where the Divine Will is discerned and acted upon.

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, who knowest our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion, we beseech thee, upon our infirmities, and those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask, mercifully give us for the worthiness of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.