“nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst” (Luke 17:21).

If the kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed (v.20)—political power, alignment of the stars, or interpreting scripture through current events—how, then, is the kingdom of God realized? By the presence of Christ! The Pharisees could not recognize the kingdom of God when it was in their very midst. They missed the kingdom of God revealed through the personal encounters of Jesus that would enable the blind to see, the lame to walk, lepers to be cleansed, the deaf to hear, the dead to be raised, and the gospel to be preached to the poor (Luke 7:22). By virtue of Christ in us, the church makes evident the kingdom of God when we immerse ourselves into this blind, crippled, diseased, deaf, and dying world as a presence of hope. It is ministry to the least of these that advocacy for life is proved out.

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