The passage from Luke’s gospel that we read today teaches us an important lesson about how and where we should search for Jesus and his kingdom in the world we live in. Jesus says that the Kingdom of God cannot be observed. In saying that he wants us to know that his entry into our physical world has changed our reality forever. No longer are we subject to the wages of sin, which is death. Through his sacrifice, the disobedience of our ancestors has been washed clean by a perfect atonement.
So where can we find the Kingdom of God? Are we looking in the right places?
Asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come,
Jesus said in reply,
“The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed,
and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’
For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you.”
Then he said to his disciples,
“The days will come when you will long to see
one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it.
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.
For just as lightning flashes
and lights up the sky from one side to the other,
so will the Son of Man be in his day.
But first he must suffer greatly and be rejected by this generation.”
The Kingdom of God is not something that can be observed. Instead, it is found in the communion we share as brothers and sisters in Christ. It is not a place, it is not a ritual, it is a connection between us that leads to works of mercy, charity and forgiveness. This is why we have to bond with one another in love as members of his church. In it, we find the wisdom and courage to nurture and encourage one another through our common faith in Jesus Christ.