Gospel – 11/12/20 – 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.”
Again, we find ourselves with the author of Luke in the land of the Gentiles. What is he sharing with them today about Jesus?
Remember Elijah hiding in the cave trying to avoid being caught by Queen Jezebel? (1 Kings 19:9-13)
There he came to a cave, where he took shelter. But the word of the Lord came to him: Why are you here, Elijah? He answered: “I have been most zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts, but the Israelites have forsaken your covenant. They have destroyed your altars and murdered your prophets by the sword. I alone remain, and they seek to take my life.” Then the Lord said: Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord; the Lord will pass by. There was a strong and violent wind rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the Lord—but the Lord was not in the wind; after the wind, an earthquake—but the Lord was not in the earthquake; after the earthquake, fire—but the Lord was not in the fire; after the fire, a light silent sound.
When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. A voice said to him, Why are you here, Elijah?
Today’s Gospel is warning the Gentiles there will be difficult times ahead and it will seem that God isn’t there – but he is. Because the Kingdom of Heaven is here – present.
I believe, we have forgotten Elijah’s lesson. We get caught up in all the noise – the big stuff. What’s happening in our country today is – noise. Big stuff. And we fear God has abandoned us. I know I struggle with what is happening and ask “Why?”
Remember the lesson of Elijah. We cannot hide. We have to look for God in the little things. The breezes – not the hurricanes. The waves – not the earthquakes. The warmth of the sun – not the blazing wild fires.
The Kingdom is here – amongst us. Though, with all the noise it might be hard to find sometimes. We may well long for the times when the Son of Man is present in a big way – but he is always present. Listen for the little things – birth of a baby, a stranger helping a neighbor, a hug, a kiss – the Kingdom is here.
Be still and know that I am here.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…