Monday, July 28, 2014
Yesterday, Pope Francis delivered the Sunday Angelus address, all about finding the kingdom of God in our lives. As well, there is an excellent overview article about Pope Francis’ interaction with priests at Caserta.
Commentary on the Angelus Address:
In the Angelus address this week, Pope Francis said, “Everything makes sense when you find this treasure, which Jesus called "the Kingdom of God," that is, God reigning in your life, in our lives.”
There is so much in the scriptures on the kingdom of God. It is a great treasure, Jesus went about the lands telling people that the kingdom had arrived and showed forth many miracles of the kingdom, and he told his followers that the kingdom was also in their hearts.
Giving up everything else for the kingdom of God is really allowing God to be at the helm instead of trying to do it all yourself. When you’d like some rain, say, “God opens up the heavens and pours out water.” The next thing you know, there’s thunder and lightening and rain, and people around you are telling you, “Lightening has opened up the sky and given us rain!” You know it’s the kingdom of God alive and working in your life.
Trust not in the arm of flesh, “but seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” – Matthew 6:33.
Pope Francis also said, “Read the Gospel, read the Gospel. .... Read a passage of the Gospel every day. Also carry a small copy of the Gospel... in your pocket, in your handbag – have one at hand.... And there, reading a passage, we find Jesus.”
Study, know, and speak God’s word in the Bible, walk out into the wilderness of faith, letting go of everything you think is right and wrong — and God shows you the kingdom.