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November 12, 2020

St. Josaphat

Lk 17: 20-25

Once Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, and he answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you.” 

Then he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. They will say to you, ‘Look there!’ or ‘Look here!’ Do not go, do not set off in pursuit. For as the 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 endure much suffering and be rejected by this generation.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

How do we recognize the kingdom of God?

“The kingdom of God is among you.”

When I was a junior at Boston College, I had the privilege of leading a Kairos retreat. During our formation as leaders, our director challenged our team to end each day with the Examen. Sixteen years later, I continue to end every day with a modified version of this exercise. When my head hits the pillow, I ask myself three questions:

  • Where did I see Christ today?
  • Where was I Christ today?
  • Where did I need to try harder to be Christ today?

This practice serves as an opportunity to reflect on my day, attentive to Christ’s presence.

  • Where did I see Christ? I witnessed my son help his little brother when he got hurt at the park this morning. 
  • Where was I Christ? I spent soul sharing time with my friend who recently lost her dad. 
  • Where did I need to try harder to be Christ? I could have been more patient with my husband.

Can these three questions help you recognize “The kingdom of God is among you?” 

—Liz Stowe Fennell is the assistant director for leadership development at Boston College’s Roche Center for Catholic Education.

 

Prayer

Dear Lord,
Help me to recognize that the kingdom of God is among us.
Allow my eyes to see your presence in my daily life.
Allow my hands to serve others, so they may see your presence through me.
Allow my heart to continue to grow, so I may be more like you.
Amen.

—Liz Stowe Fennell


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November 12, 2020

St. Josaphat

Lk 17: 20-25

Once Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, and he answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you.” 

Then he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. They will say to you, ‘Look there!’ or ‘Look here!’ Do not go, do not set off in pursuit. For as the 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 endure much suffering and be rejected by this generation.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

How do we recognize the kingdom of God?

“The kingdom of God is among you.”

When I was a junior at Boston College, I had the privilege of leading a Kairos retreat. During our formation as leaders, our director challenged our team to end each day with the Examen. Sixteen years later, I continue to end every day with a modified version of this exercise. When my head hits the pillow, I ask myself three questions:

  • Where did I see Christ today?
  • Where was I Christ today?
  • Where did I need to try harder to be Christ today?

This practice serves as an opportunity to reflect on my day, attentive to Christ’s presence.

  • Where did I see Christ? I witnessed my son help his little brother when he got hurt at the park this morning. 
  • Where was I Christ? I spent soul sharing time with my friend who recently lost her dad. 
  • Where did I need to try harder to be Christ? I could have been more patient with my husband.

Can these three questions help you recognize “The kingdom of God is among you?” 

—Liz Stowe Fennell is the assistant director for leadership development at Boston College’s Roche Center for Catholic Education.

 

Prayer

Dear Lord,
Help me to recognize that the kingdom of God is among us.
Allow my eyes to see your presence in my daily life.
Allow my hands to serve others, so they may see your presence through me.
Allow my heart to continue to grow, so I may be more like you.
Amen.

—Liz Stowe Fennell


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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