Tuesday, May 4, 2010

My Kingdom is Not From Here

John 18:36

“’My kingdom is not from this world.’”

Jesus’ strong reply to Pilate goes right to the point. His kingdom is not from here, not from the way things are. It is from the mystery that lies behind all the governments of the earth and behind the cosmos itself. He is in trouble with the authorities because his teachings and the example of his life are a judgment on the failure the world’s ways to be aligned with God’s ways.

Over the centuries, like him, his faithful followers have regularly been in trouble with the authorities, often with the authorities of the institutional church itself! We call them martyrs (the Greek words for witnesses). Against the so-called wisdom of the world, they witness to Mysterious Justice as they follow Christ the King to the Cross.

O God, make us witnesses! Amen.