In today’s Gospel reading from Luke 17, the Pharisees ask Jesus when the Kingdom of God would come. What they didn’t realize was that they were standing in it. Jesus replies, “The Kingdom of God is among you.”
Jesus then goes on to warn His disciples about those who would tell them that “the days of the Son of Man” were at hand. He says, “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.”
We love to chase after the new, shiny thing, don’t we? When our lives become mundane or stale, we need something new and flashy to occupy our minds. It’s how we’re wired. Maybe that’s why so many people leave the Catholic faith. Mass is just the same old thing, week after week. Perhaps we should remember Jesus’ words. The Kingdom of God is here; Jesus is truly present on the altar! That “shiny thing” you’re seeking is right under your nose!
Father, help us to realize that each time we attend Mass, we are in the Kingdom of God. Help us to see Jesus more clearly in the Eucharist. Amen.
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