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.”
Have you ever considered that those who want you to "look over here!" or "look over there!" are simply using diversionary tactics? They want you to look at something else so you won't look at the truth. (Because they don't like the truth, so they don't want you to see it.) Just watch a drug commercial on TV some time. They'll show you all these beautiful, emotional images while the announcer tells you of all the terrible side effects from the drug. It's an age old tactic that the devil has used for time immemorial. Why? Because it works! Don't fall for it.
Father, help us to stay focused on the Kingdom of heaven, and not be distracted by the diversionary tactics of the world and the devil. Amen.
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