Sunday, September 9, 2018

Youcat commented through CCC – Question n. 520 – Part II.

YOUCAT Question n. 520 - Part II. What does it mean to say, “Thy kingdom come”?

(Youcat answer repeated) When we pray, “Thy kingdom come”, we call for Christ to come again, as he promised, and for God’s reign, which has already begun here on earth, to prevail definitively.  

A deepening through CCC

(CCC 2816 a) In the New Testament, the word basileia can be translated by "kingship" (abstract noun), "kingdom" (concrete noun) or "reign" (action noun). The Kingdom of God lies ahead of us. It is brought near in the Word incarnate, it is proclaimed throughout the whole Gospel, and it has come in Christ's death and Resurrection. The Kingdom of God has been coming since the Last Supper and, in the Eucharist, it is in our midst.   

Reflecting and meditating 

(Youcat comment) François Fénelon says, “To will everything that God wills, and to will it always, in all circumstances and without reservations: that is the kingdom of God which is entirely within.”

(CCC Comment)

(CCC 2816 b) The kingdom will come in glory when Christ hands it over to his Father: It may even be… that the Kingdom of God means Christ himself, whom we daily desire to come, and whose coming we wish to be manifested quickly to us. For as he is our resurrection, since in him we rise, so he can also be understood as the Kingdom of God, for in him we shall reign (St. Cyprian, De Dom. orat. 13 PL 4, 528A).

(This question: What does it mean to say, “Thy kingdom come”? is continued)

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