5th Saturday in Lent
May your kingdom come.
What does this mean?
In fact, God’s kingdom comes on its own without our prayer, but we ask in this prayer that it may also come to us.
What is the kingdom of God? Answer: Simply what we heard above in the Creed, namely, that God sent his Son, Christ our Lord, into the world to redeem and deliver us from the power of the devil, to bring us to himself, and to rule us as a king of righteousness, life, and salvation against sin, death and evil conscience. To this end, he also gave his Holy Spirit to deliver this to us through his holy Word and to enlighten and strengthen us in faith by his power. We ask here at the outset, that all this may be realized in us and that his name may be praised through God’s holy Word and Christian living. This we ask, both in order that we who have accepted it may remain faithful and grow daily in it and also in order that it may find approval and gain followers among other people and advance with power through the world.
He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” Matthew 13:31-32
SILENCE FOR MEDITATION
In chapter 17 of the Gospel according to Luke Jesus responds to a question by the Pharisee, when the kingdom of God would come: “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst” Other translations end with “…among you” or “…within you”.
A popular saying “Preach the Gospel at all times and if necessary use words” may reflect what this may mean to us. Being a Christian following our savior Jesus Christ must manifest itself in how we deal with friends, co-workers and family. The kingdom is present when a child in school stands-up to a bully on behalf of fellow-student, when you notice that something is different about a co-worker that day, and you offer time to listen.
Are we perfect? Certainly not. The seed for the kingdom has to grow in us like the mustard seed. That is why we are asking for help in prayer. Martin Luther writes: “We ask here at the outset, that all this may be realized in us”, but also helpfully reminds us “In fact, God’s kingdom comes on its own without our prayer”.
Let us pray anyway: Lord, thank you for sending your son into our lives. Help us to transform our lives such that your kingdom is present whenever we meet people as we go through our daily life. Amen.
Put a coin in your bank for every friend you call today.