Posts tagged Kingdom of Heaven

Jesus Christ enthroned in Paradise, St Mark's Basilica, Venice. Photographer unknown

Christ, King over all in heaven and earth and under the earth

Daniel tells us that the Son of Man will come and all dominion, glory and power will be his. He will reign over a kingdom that is everlasting and universal where all peoples, nations and languages will serve him.

The cloud of witnesses

It is the saints — led by Mary — who continue to pray for us that we might be open to see and believe the way to eternal life that is in Christ, revealed by his word, lived by the saints, proclaimed in the magisterium of the Church and celebrated in the sacraments that enable us, by God’s grace, to embody our fullness as children of God.

Those who love God’s name shall dwell in Zion

“We are of courage … so whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.”

In this verse, Paul is speaking of the desire to be ‘at home’ with the Lord in heavenly glory rather than in exile here in the body on earth. Yet he counsels courage in whatever state we are in, because of the hope of what is to be. In doing so he recognises that there is a connection between the fullness of the Kingdom which is to come and the arena of the fallen world in which we live at the present.

Adoration of the Shepherds, Charles Le Brun (1619–1690), 1689; Louvre, Paris

Christ the Eternal Word

The celebration of the Word made flesh in the Babe of Bethlehem is the promise of God made real. The Incarnation reveals that all God’s words of hope spoken through the prophets are made a concrete reality.

The Forerunners of Christ with Saints and Martyrs, Fra Angelico (c.1395–1455), 1423 Fiesole; National Gallery, London

Rejoice and be glad

The vast majority of the Saints are unknown to us, but they all accepted the offer which God makes: they lived in his grace and allowed him to transform them from fallen and sinful people, to redeemed and sanctified people.

“Go, work today!”

The call to become a Christian is the call to a life of service to God; and through serving him to service those around us as well.