But are we ready to “live” the Reign of God? Jesus makes it abundantly clear that it will not be easy, and in fact our very lives may be at risk for proclaiming it and “living it”. Jesus cautions us that we are being sent out into the world “like lambs among wolves”. As we have just celebrated the 4th of July, the great “high feast day” of our nation, perhaps we should ask ourselves if we as citizens are working to build a country that reflects the Reign of God? Are the homeless housed… are the thirsty quenched…are the hungry satisfied…are immigrants and migrants welcomed? Are these not signs of the bursting forth of the Reign of God? And when we fail to feed the hungry, to shelter the homeless and to welcome the immigrant and migrant then we fail “the mission”, we fail to build up the Reign of God”!
Each of us has been called to build up the Reign of God…to “live” it in the here and now. Perhaps in light of the celebration of our nation’s birthday we should take a few minutes to reflect on how, we as a nation, and as individuals, are doing living out the mission Jesus gave us and ask ourselves what we might need to do differently.