“Therefore, I say to you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit.” (Gospel reading: Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46).
At the Proclamation of the Kingdom of God… Jesus proclaimed that the Kingdom of God was at hand! Though it will have its completion at the end of time, the Kingdom of God is here and now. And today, we have the calling to build upon this Kingdom, which God intends to last for all eternity!
May we thus live every day saying “yes” to God, Who in His grace will produce the fruits of the Holy Spirit here on earth through us. Our wonderful Creator, so brilliantly creative, has designed our bodies and our souls to accomplish what He would like to be done in His Kingdom!
How often do we say we will do things for others tomorrow? Or that we will accomplish what we were made for in the future? What we fail to realize is that we are sacrificing the Present Moment, which itself is pregnant with possibilities to use that grace which Christ has so freely poured out into our lives!
Fr. Jean-Baptiste Saint-Jure, SJ said: “Just as a workman uses the shape and size of tool best suited to the job in hand, so God gives us those qualities which are in accordance with the designs he has for us.”
Indeed, we are God’s tools with unique shapes and sizes, and God is merely asking that we let Him use us today, in this present moment. Today, we Catholic twenty-somethings already have the opportunity to be the light of the world, the salt of the earth, the breath of the power of God (Wisdom 7:25) amongst our brethren!
May we Catholic twenty-somethings be excited and joyful that the Lord is currently using us, even in our brokenness, frailty, weakness, and hardships, to build His strong and everlasting Kingdom.