Lord, I believe in your presence in my
life. You have called me to share in your faith and love. I trust that you will help me grow closer
to you. I love you, Lord, here and now. I will live this day in prayer.
Lord, help me to understand your Kingdom better.
Pharisees had the wrong notion of the Kingdom of God, they could hardly ask the proper questions
concerning it. Their expected kingdom was a worldly kingdom that would cast off foreign domination
and restore sovereignty to Israel. But Christ's kingdom is concerned more about the state of the
soul and the struggle between good and evil than external nations. The Pharisees' misperception kept
them from recognizing Christ and his kingdom. Thousands of years later we, too, can be susceptible
to the errors of the Pharisees. For us, a lack of faith can keep us from seeing that the Kingdom of
God comes only when we accept Jesus as king of our souls. Only when we allow him to rule and order
our lives does his kingdom come. The when is now. Now is the moment for me to encounter Christ and
make him my king.
Christs disciples also struggled to understand the nature
of the kingdom. They sought to see the days of the Son of Man, a powerful reign where Christ was
supreme with the entire world subject to him. Yet, Christ comes first to reign in the heart of each
person. In my own heart, do I believe in Christ and accept his will? Do I love him and sacrifice
myself in order to respond to his will? Am I building the kingdom from my prayer and life of
If the kingdom is here and now, then how do we enter? We enter the same
way our King enters through the door of suffering and perseverance. First he must suffer
greatly and be rejected. Belief is not just a one-time acceptance. Faith must be lived throughout
the great and little trials we encounter in life. In this way we make faith and the kingdom more our
own. We need to remember that in the end, it is the kingdom -- and the King himself -- who comes to
us, like lighting across the sky.
Conversation with Christ:
Dear Jesus, help me to understand your
Build your kingdom within me, in my thoughts and
Become my life and my love. Cut away any distance between
Make my life the light and salt to spread your kingdom effectively
to those with whom
I cross paths.
I will dedicate a longer and calmer
time to examine my conscience tonight, and look for progress as well as the struggles of the kingdom