The unsettling kingdom

Daily reading: Luke 11:2-4 and Luke 1:46-55
Monday August 22, 2016

Focus passage: Jesus told them, “When you pray, say: ‘Father, uphold the holiness of your name.  Bring in your kingdom.” Luke 11:2

When the Kingdom is spoken about in Luke’s gospel, there is this unsettling reality of the kingdom being already and not yet. 
This already and not yet, is revealed not only in proclamations but also in parable and word and deed.  The kingdom, however it is revealed, always provides an invitation for us to participate. 
This already and not yet kingdom is revealed in Mary’s song at the beginning of Luke’s gospel, at the infancy of her pregnancy before the child has even been born she sings in the past tense about all that God has already done, but we know that it is not yet done.  She sings of a different reality than her current worldly one where the powerful have been pulled down from their thrones, where the hungry have been filled with good things and the rich have been sent away empty-handed.
She sings of a world that is up-side-down, or depending on your perspective, is right-side-up.

Prayer: God, help me to experience your kingdom today, in my words and my actions guide me.  Amen.


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