God has a Plan for this Bankrupt World

Clergy Corner by Fr. Ray

In spite of all appearances to the contrary, God has a plan for this bankrupt world. He knows what He is going to make of this world. His plan is to take us all to that Kingdom of God where there will be a fellowship of all nations in peace, unity and joy with God. The Mount Sion seen by Isaiah in a vision is a symbol of this Kingdom to come. It symbolizes God’s lavish generosity with the prospect of total absence of hunger, death and shame, when “God Himself will wipe away the tears of His people as the mother wipes away the tears of her child” (Is 25:8).

When Jesus compared the Kingdom of God to a wedding banquet (Mt 22:2), He too revealed that God is at work in the world in order to take us all to the final Kingdom in which no one will feel left out, no one will go away hungry, and where there will be plenty of excitement and everyone will get a lift. Who could not be excited by the arrival of such a Kingdom in which the lonely will be alone no longer and all our deepest needs will be met?

But God’s plan for our humanity requires that we work with God to realize it. It is not enough that we know about God’s plan, we must apply it; it is not enough that we are willing to become part of that Kingdom, we must do it.

There are some who respond to God’s call with passion and reach out to others to realize God’s vision for the human race. But there are many who, like the invited guests in the parable (Mt 22:5), are complacent in their response to the Lord’s invitation.  Such people call themselves Christians but do not follow the way of Christ. All Christians accept the call of the Lord to build His Kingdom when they are baptized and confirmed. So this must be the inauguration of our commitment which must be an ongoing process requiring constant updating.

Like St. Paul, we too must trust that the Lord is with us always and He will be our strength, whatever be our life situation: whether we are in poverty or in abundance, in the valley of darkness or in pastures fresh and green. We must have this trust because there is no situation so chaotic that God cannot turn it around into something surprisingly good; in fact, it is when we have nothing left that we become aware that the Lord is enough.

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