We all have a part to play in the Mission of the Church and in building the Kingdom of God. What does that mean?
Jesus said that a helper or advocate would be sent to us when he ascended to heaven. This was the Holy Spirit who came to help us use the gifts that God has given each of us to build the kingdom of God.
We can see this in our daily lives as the Spirit is at work in each of us. Jesus wants us to continue working on the Kingdom in our hearts and in the roles that we play. The Kingdom is best served when we take up roles that bring out the gifts and talents we were given. Unlike what we might think, the work we do does not have to come through grand gestures. Many times, our best work is visible in the hidden gestures we make daily to be better people ourselves. For example, changing a habit is a step forward if it helps us to walk with Jesus. It is also visible in the tasks we take up to help others, such as helping someone carry groceries to the car or smiling at a person in the street. We can also collaborate with others on projects that seek to put an end to divisions, such as discrimination in society.
The Kingdom will be finally complete when the Lord comes back to earth and completes His Kingdom worldwide. As we wait for him to return, we must continue to help others discover Jesus and bring them to meet him. We remember this promise every Advent when we are reminded that he came before and will be back in all his glory.
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Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.