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MY KINGDOM IS NOT OF THIS WORLD (Jn18:36)

MY KINGDOM IS NOT OF THIS WORLD (Jn18:36)

Jesus answered: “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would certainly strive that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now my kingdom is not from hence. (John 18:36)

“Offering the homage of her veneration, the Church, which is the kingdom of Christ on earth [in the world, not of this world] destined to extend to all parts and to embrace all men, salutes in the yearly cycle of the holy liturgy her Author and Founder as King, Lord and King of Kings.” (Pius XI, December 11th, 1925)

(See also: “The Church of Christ, the Kingdom of God on Earth, Has Been Hated and Persecuted Always”; please click here)

With His reply, Christ laid bare the vain thoughts of men. Reigning worldly rulers are apt to be jealous of those whom they consider likely to rule in their stead. 

Jesus answered: “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my followers would have fought that I might not be delivered to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” This is what the good Master wished us to know. First we had to learn how vain was the notion of this kingdom which had been current among all men, both Jews and Gentiles, and which Pilate had heard from them. As if he deserved to be condemned to death because he had aspired to an unlawful kingdom; or because reigning monarchs are apt to be jealous of those who are likely to rule in their stead, or as if, for example, there was need to beware lest his kingdom should be hostile either to the Romans or the Jews.

When the Roman governor asked Jesus, “Are you king of the Jews,” the Lord could have answered: “My kingdom is not of this world.” But Christ asked in his turn, “Do you say this of yourself, or have others told you of me?” because he wished to show from Pilate’s answer that he, Jesus, had been charged with this as a crime before Pilate by the Jews. Thus he laid bare to us the thoughts of men which he knew and which were vain. After the reply of Pilate, Jesus replied to them, to both Jews and Gentiles, more fittingly and more opportunely, “My kingdom is not of this world.”

– St Augustine, Bishop, Treatise 115 on John 18-36, from: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

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Posted by on November 20, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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PEOPLE’S OPINIONS WILL PASS AWAY, BUT THE FRIENDSHIP OF GOD WILL REMAIN WITH US

Let all your life, every hour, be a perpetual prayer of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord…irrespective of what the world says about that.

Let us joyfully and cheerfully dig all those little furrows which Providence has entrusted to each of us.

Let us not allow ourselves to be delayed or disturbed by ambitious thoughts which whisper in our ears, “You could do something better;” by the deceitful desires of a false zeal which would persuade us to desert our daily task; by a ridiculous desire to propagate more beautiful flowers than our neighbours.

Let us occupy ourselves with one thing alone – that is, “to do well what is our duty to do, because God requires no more from us.”

Now, this “doing well” may be summed up in four words: “act purely, actively, joyfully, completely.”

 

How do we please God? – By acting purely, actively, joyfully, completely.

But then we may be forgotten, despised, wrongly understood, calumniated, persecuted… What matters it? This contempt, these injuries will pass away, but the friendship of God will remain with us. And we will have merited it by our patience and fidelity.

The friendship of God!

The friendship of God! Oh! who can say all that is contained in it of sweetness, of joy, of strength, of consolation? No human friendship, in its most ardent dreams, has ever even formed the faintest idea of that sweetness of God’s friendship, rendered more sensible by the Eucharistic union in our souls.

I can also understand this expression of a loving soul: “With the prospect of heaven in a short time, and holy communion every day, how can anyone think of complaining?

– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889

 

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WHEN GOD ASKS US TO GIVE UP SOMETHING FOR THE ULTIMATE WELFARE OF OUR SOUL…

God always has our very best interests at heart

When there is question of some sacrifice to be made, of some affection to be withdrawn, for example, let us not wait until God acts directly.

When we ourselves work, God lends his grace, and the sacrifice is accomplished without too much anguish.

When God works alone, He takes less precaution, and cuts when we would simply have disentangled.

– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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GIVE FREELY WHAT THE HELPFUL ANGEL ASKS YOU TO GIVE

To be in this world but not of this world.

Therefore, let us not sleep as others do; but let us watch, and be sober (1Thess5:6)

My child, said a priest to a young girl whom he blessed as she was about to enter the world after years of pious convent education; my child, you will find all through life, at almost every step, an angel of God, who will present himself to you under a thousand forms, offering you true happiness, but always asking something from you in return.

He is called the angel of sacrifice.

Do not refuse him what he will ask from you.

God has put into his hands immense treasures of pure joy, from which he will return a hundredfold all that you give him.

From you, who are still young, he will demand but little: a glance which would only serve to gratify your curiosity; an object of no real value, to which you are too strongly attached; a reading [or viewing] which might have fostered your self-indulgence; some word, some arrangement of your appearance, the only object of which is to please.

My child, do not deny him what he asks of you.

If you refuse him once, you will lose your strength to grant him later what he will grant imperiously.

You will hardly believe me, perhaps, but my experience is this: When we accustom ourselves to give, we become so infatuated with giving that we can never cease.

And whilst we are always giving, he gives also, and his are godly gifts, if we but learn it.

O my child! the more sacrifices we make on earth, the happier we become.

– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889 (headings in bold added)

 

 

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“BECAUSE WE ARE NOT OF THE WORLD THEREFORE THE WORLD HATES US”

THE WORLD DESPISES US AS PARTIALLY NON-EXISTENT, AND AS SOMETHING DEAD AND CAPABLE OF SPREADING THE INFECTION OF DEATH.

“The ‘world’, from the point of view of evangelisation, seems indeed to be all that is in contradiction to the kingdom of God.

So, if we are to go into the world and accept a Christian commitment in the world, this will involve our getting to know, getting close to, and even taking upon ourselves all that is alien or opposed to God in the person of each of our neighbours, and in the environment where we live. This involves penetrating to that level where, in a certain sense, God does not exist. Walking towards the unknown project of the redemption; walking as a person in the midst of people but as a person indwelt by God…

The Christian is going to find himself in direct contact with a denial of God that is both public and absolute.

God is proclaimed non-existent because he is absurd. In a collective mimicry of faith it is proclaimed absolutely that God is absurd. This occurs beyond any affirmation of reason at that very point in fact where the Christian makes his profession of faith that God is adorable.
To adore God is to say ‘God’ to God in one sole act. Everything that makes a person a Christian – the whole way in which we are related to God – is seen in this one act… It is as if we are being tormented by a kind of ‘Godsickness’ consisting in a thirst for his glory…

The vast solitude of adoration that has taken hold of us acts also as a solitude of love: ‘because we are not of the world therefore the world hates us’, and despises us as partially non-existent, and as something dead and capable of spreading the infection of death.

It is at this point that we hope that the Church will break this solitude that people impose on us; that she will be mysteriously visible; and we hope that our brothers and sisters of the faith, even if they do not have direct contact with us, will be for us a faithful presence.”
– Servant of God Madeleine Delbrel

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2013 in Prayers for Ordinary Time

 

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