THY KINGDOM COME
by Ted Schmidt
The post-Conciliar Catholic Church was well on its way to becoming a "kingdom" church but then it was hobbled by a failure of nerve. Only an authentic return to a focus on Jesus’ yearning for the kingdom, the reign of peace and justice can save it.
Jesus’ death on the cross is the consequence of a life in radical service of justice and love, a consequence of his option for the poor and outcast, of a choice for his people suffering under exploitation and oppression.
Edward Schillebeeckx OP
Kingdom people are history makers. People who are still living in the false self, in the false world of illusion, are history stoppers. They just keep repeating. They’re conformists, fearful people, the nice respectable proper thinkers of every age who think collectively and have no power to break through…the system is the way people think when they stop thinking. Kingdom thinking will never be commonly accepted.
Richard Rohr OFM
We have come a long way from the fiery prophetic figure of Nazareth who shocked and disturbed the conventions of his day in the name of justice and liberation. Our respectability has taken a terrible toll on the authentic calling of Christian life. We have lost sight of the deeper vision and lost heart for the passion and enthusiasm of God’s New Reign. The following of Jesus is not a respectable religion.
It is necessary to immerse oneself with courage and simplicity in tough situations as they present themselves. You do not save those who are drowning in the river of current events by standing on some imaginary "river bank of eternity" but only by having the courage to swim in the current.
Karl Rahner in Handbook for Pastoral Theology
The Catholic Church as an institution has become one large bureaucratic civil service.