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A Witness to the Coming of the Kingdom

– Friday 18th Week in Ordinary Time –

Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”  [Matthew 16:24-28]

The final line of today’s Gospel reading offers food for thought. Did Jesus get it wrong? Matthew has him predicting his second coming within the lifetime of those he is speaking to. That was a long time ago now.

There are two things we need to bear in mind. The first is context. Track down your bible and take a look at what happens next. You will read the account of the Transfiguration, where Peter, James and John are given a glimpse into the reality that is Jesus Christ. “There are some standing here (who will) see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

The second point of consideration is faith. The faith perspective says, ‘as the Holy Spirit inspired the writing of Sacred Scripture, the human writer may have had his immediate audience in mind, but the Holy Spirit has in mind all who would read this text.’ What Jesus says to his disciples is never for them alone. We are more than eavesdroppers in their private conversations. You and I are intentionally in mind as the Holy Spirit seeks to communicate the events of Jesus’ life and his words and teaching. He is speaking to you.

Whether you and I will be alive to witness Jesus’ second coming is currently unknown. It doesn’t matter. Each of us is to live a life that pays attention to the fact that time is short and we have a mission to undertake. Just something to pray about…

 

by Shane Dwyer


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