Gospel – November 14, 2019 – Luke 17:20-25
Asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come,
Jesus said in reply,
“The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed,
and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’
For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you.”
Then he said to his disciples,
“The days will come when you will long to see
one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it.
There will be those who will say to you,
‘Look, there he is,’ or ‘Look, here he is.’
Do not go off, do not run in pursuit.
For just as lightning flashes
and lights up the sky from one side to the other,
so will the Son of Man be in his day.
But first he must suffer greatly and be rejected by this generation.”
I can’t help but be awed by Jesus in the encounter with the Pharisees today. The Pharisees never give up on poking Jesus to try to have him make a mistake. So this today is in a long line of them trying to trip him up.
Honestly, I’d be upset and would probably not speak nicely but I’m not Jesus. Notice they ask about when the Kingdom of God would come. Jesus knows they are looking for something tangible. They think they will be highly thought of in the new kingdom and have power to wield over all – Greeks, Romans – all those not pure Jews.
But how does Jesus respond. He tells them they won’t be able to see the Kingdom of God. You can’t touch it, consume it or be engulfed by it. Jesus says that it’s already here. It’s is among us – or better said – it is in us.
When we see great acts of love, courage in the face of great odds or when we protect and provide for the less fortunate. That is the Kingdom of God. And it isn’t limited to Christians or Jews. The Kingdom of God knows no bounds. We limit it with our finite minds.
Then he warns the Apostles not to get caught up looking for a reunion with him. Don’t go chasing rumors.
When he comes all will know it – like the flash of lightening in the sky.
So, don’t be trying to predict his return. Don’t go chasing waterfalls. Searching for the end of the rainbow. Live your lives and allow the Kingdom of God to shine from you.
It allows the time to pass easier.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…