Working for the Kingdom

Reflection for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time by FAN Board Treasurer, Br. Paul Crawford, OFM Cap.

This reflection was originally posted in our June 27th newsletter


IMG_8843This week’s Gospel of Luke 17-20 touched the heart of St. Francis and is reflected in the Rule and the Constitutions of the entire Franciscan Family. How much is the Holy Spirit at work today as we Americans enjoy a long holiday weekend? Yet this Gospel calls us all to reflect: are we working for the Kingdom of God, or are we trying to live in a kingdom that is centered on our own interests?

The Kingdom of God in today’s readings has to make us feel a little less that we have arrived and a little more that we still have a journey ahead of us.

We are called to repent what blocks God’s kingdom in our own lives. To realize that in these troubling times, respect for everyone’s personal dignity is important and must be defended. Speaking the truth in love and walking with others is all part of our being sent out into the neighborhood and world.

The Kingdom of God brings peace. But it is a peace that is built not just with diplomatic, political, military, or creative skills. It is a peace from on high that surpasses all of our understanding. This is the new creation that Paul speaks of in Galatians where Mercy and acceptance brings about “a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace.” These characteristics hold together and make us realize that the Saint has a past and the Sinner has a future in the Kingdom of God.

Br. Paul Crawford, OFM, Cap.
FAN Board Treasurer

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