Thursday 12 November 2020

About Today Readings

St Josaphat

Philemon 7-20. Blest are they whose help is the God of Jacob – Psalm 145(146):7-10. Luke 17:20-25.

The kingdom of God is among you

Today’s Gospel reminds me of the lyrics from Nick Cave’s song ‘There is a Kingdom, where he references both Immanuel Kant and the Gospels.

‘The starry heavens above me
The moral law within
So the world appears
Through this mist of tears

There is a kingdom
There is a king
And he lives without
And he lives within’

The Gospel today also makes us question how and where the kingdom of God appears, or will appear. As Cave’s lyrics also suggest, this kingdom is simultaneously at the innermost part of our hearts and also flashing across the sky before us. It is both close to us and far. Perhaps it is easier for us to recognise the kingdom of God outside of ourselves but really it is first at hand in our hearts.

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