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Why’s God’s kingdom slow in coming?


By Fr. Bel San Luis, SVD


Two friends, a priest and a soap maker, were out taking a walk. The soap maker cynically said, “What good is religion, Father? Look at all the trouble and misery of the world after thousands of years of teaching about goodness, truth, and peace, and after all your prayers and preachings.”

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The priest said nothing. They continued walking until they noticed children playing in a muddy canal.

The priest said, “Look at those children. You say that soap makes people clean, but see the dirt on them. Of what good is soap?

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The soap maker got peeved and protested, “But Father, soap can’t do any good unless it is used.” “Ah exactly,” replied the priest. “So it is with Christianity or any religion for that matter. Religion is ineffective if it’s not used, if its teachings are not followed.”

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Reflecting on the feast of Christ the King today, when Christ came to the world, he inaugurated this kingdom characterized by “justice, love and peace” (Preface of the Mass of Christ the King feast). But he left us the task of completing it. In the Lord’s Prayer, we pray: “Thy kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as in heaven.”

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We might compare God’s kingdom to a plant. Jesus put the plant (kingdom) in the soil. But He left to us the job of cultivating, fertilizing, and watering it.

But when we look around us, we see so much violence and killings, hold-ups, corruption in government and private sectors, slander or so-called demolition jobs.

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In other words, how many of us live out God’s commandments? “You shall not kill.” “You shall not commit adultery…steal.” “You shall not bear false witness,” and so on.

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Why is the realization of God’s kingdom so slow? And why is Satan’s kingdom seem so powerful and pervasive?

The principal answer is that we are not doing our job of completing the kingdom as well as we should be doing it.

That’s the message of the priest and soap maker story.

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ASK YOURSELF: Am I doing my share in building God’s kingdom of justice, love, and peace in my own family, community and society? Or am I hindering the realization of that kingdom through my self-centered attitudes and wrongdoings?

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LAUGH WITH GOD. A man confided to his friend, “I went to see my doctor about my heart ailment. He told me to change my lifestyle. No smoking, no drinking, no meat.”

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“So what happened, did you change your lifestyle?” the friend said. “No, I changed my doctor,” he replied. (Isn’t that our attitude too? We change God if we don’t like his prescription for us).

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  1. Rodriguez, Sr. street, QC is the boulevard of KINGS –Burger King, Tapa King, Chowking, Allied BanKing…Christ the King.

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EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS AT PINK SISTERS. Everybody is invited to the 29th Eucharistic Congress on Nov.26, 8am-5pm. Registration starts at 6:30am. For the first 2,000 registrants, registration, snacks and lunch are free.

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The Congress with its theme: “The Holy Eucharist: God’s Greatest Grace” will culminate with a procession and Benediction followed by a Solemn Holy Mass to be presided by the Most Reverend Honesto Ongtioco, DD, bishop of Cubao.

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Venue: St. Joseph’s Adoration Convent, 71 Hemady Avenue corner 11th St. New Manila, Quezon City. For inquiries, call 722-8828.

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