WHOSE KINGDOM?


“Thy kingdom come…” (Mt 6:10)

As far as “kingdoms” go, I have a variety of choices today, as to which one I will inhabit. I can choose to play “king” myself, trying to control everyone and everything around me. Or I can make some other person or some other thing my supreme authority, and then depend on this person or thing, so it/they determine my actions, aspirations, mood, and so on. But I know, at this point in my life, that both these options lead down an unhappy road; a road of either lonely self-reliance, or burdensome dependency.

I’m grateful today for the various reminders, beginning with the Our Father, of the Kingdom I’m called (yet not compelled) to embrace, in freedom: “Thy kingdom”; God’s kingdom. I affirm this choice also at the beginning of every Divine Liturgy: The priest proclaims, “Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of ages,” and I sing, “Amen!”

I re-affirm that “Amen” this morning, saying “Thy kingdom come,” with its own laws, centering in the Cross. It has its own priorities and “logic,” from the Logos. Let Him be my King today. “For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of ages.” Amen!

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