Memorial of Saint Martin of Tours, bishop
we paid attention to the words of “The Lord’s Prayer,” we would note that
we ask God to inaugurate his kingdom “on earth,” not just in heaven. And
if we wanted to know what that might mean, we need only look at the parable
of the prodigal son, in which the father, reaching out in love to his lost
son, broke all the rules of behavior by which a well-ordered society structured
itself. Still, we can easily rationalize all that and relegate the kingdom
to the hereafter.
We do not, unfortunately, know what happened. Maybe Philemon
said “No.” But we cannot really take any comfort in that ignorance. The same
sort of world-upsetting actions are asked of us – and politely, as well –
so gently, in fact, that we too can say “No,” or perhaps pretend we never
heard the request. I hope and pray we do not. Our world needs a lot of kingdom-coming.
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