Speaking to Rwanda’s Youth about the Kingdom

3302979899_5c83efe672_o Yesterday I saw thousands of Rwandeese youth come to Bishop John's Archdiocese to hear about the Kingdom of God.  I was introduced last night to a warm standing ovation, and when I told them of our adoption from Rwanda, they cheered. 

This morning, I'm teaching about the Kingdom.  Matthew 6:33, "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and All these things will be added unto you." 

As I prepared for this morning, I started wondering….
"What is the Kingdom of God?"  and "What are 'All these things.'?"

The Kingdom is God's dwelling.  It's the place He created in Genesis 1.  It's the Logos of John 1.  It's the understanding that God reigns in a place where perfection is the norm.  There's no more crying, no more pain, no more death, and certainly no more ills of our daily world.  It's the place where, "Let there be light" actually becomes light. 

Therefore, if we are to understand how to seek the Kingdom, we must first go to the closest place we've seen it. 

The Bible says, "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us." (John 1:14)  And so, if the Word, Jesus, came to dwell with us, and He was in the beginning, "In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God." (John 1:1) Then we have a responsibility to seek after Jesus as the closest thing we know to the Kingdom of God. 

We MUST….
Do what Jesus said, "If you love me, you'll keep my commandments."
Love how Jesus loved, "No longer do I call you servants but friends.  There is no greater love than this, than a man lay down His life for His friends."
Follow his teachings, "You have heard it was said to love your neighbor and hate your enemy.  But I say unto you to love those who persecute you. Do good to those who harm you."

It is without question, necessary to follow Jesus in order that we might know the Kingdom of God. 

So today, as I teach thousands of Rwandeese youth, May the Kingdom of God come into clear vision.
May they see the necessity of loving God with all their heart, all their soul, and all their mind.
And above all else, May they Love their Neighbor as themselves. 

Thanks for praying.

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