The Kingdom Come!

November 13, 2015

The past few weeks have been troubling on many levels……a suspected terrorist attack on an airliner, a suicide bomber’s attack in a marketplace, strained economies and relations amidst an escalating refugee crisis in Europe, more school shootings here in the US, deadly road rage, student protests on university campuses nationwide, and more recently an increasing awareness of poverty and homelessness in our own community.  This is the kingdom on earth in which we live, and yet we are called to so much more:  to love each other, to serve each other and to seek first the kingdom of God.  Perhaps, R.S. Thomas’ vision of the kingdom can give us a glimpse of what together we should strive to attain until Christ returns.

The Kingdom by R. S. Thomas (1966)

It’s a long way off but inside it
There are quite different things going on:
Festivals at which the poor man
Is king and the consumptive is
Healed; mirrors in which the blind look
At themselves and love looks at them
Back; and industry is for mending
The bent bones and the minds fractured
By life. It’s a long way off, but to get
There takes no time and admission
Is free, if you purge yourself
Of desire, and present yourself with
Your need only and the simple offering
Of your faith, green as a leaf.