Yesterday, Jesus tells us: Your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom. Indeed, this is a marvelous gift! It is one more telling indicator of the Father’s tremendous love for us. Through Christ, he called us to life, and in the same Christ brought about the marvelous work of our redemption. All of this is a part of the Father’s will to prepare us for this treasure of His Kingdom.
The Kingdom is our goal. Yet, if we do not understand this Kingdom, how can it motivate us here and now?
Today’s reading from the Prophet Ezekiel gives us a beautiful description of the glory of God:
As I looked, a stormwind came from the North, a huge cloud with flashing fire enveloped in brightness, from the midst of which something gleamed like electrum. Within it were figures resembling four living creatures that looked like this: their form was human.
Above the firmament over their heads something like a throne could be seen, looking like sapphire. Upon it was seated, up above, one who had the appearance of a man. Upward from what resembled his waist I saw what gleamed like electrum; downward from what resembled his waist I saw what looked like fire; he was surrounded with splendor. Like the bow which appears in the clouds on a rainy day was the splendor that surrounded him. Such was the vision of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. (Ezekiel 1:2-5, 24-28)
This reading is followed by the Gospel Antiphon of the day: God has called you through the Gospel to possess the glory of our LORD Jesus Christ. (See 2 Thes 2:14)
Live so as to attain this tremendous goal and gift of God’s Kingdom. Look to the things that are above, where Christ is seated at God’s right hand, so as to know how to live in the present moment. Live now in communion with God, with the hope and faith of spending eternity in His LOVE. Live in such a way as to give glory to God.