Homily Feast of Christ the King Year Aby Rev Dcn. Joe Pasquella

Today we celebrate the feast of Christ the King.

In the Creed we profess that we believe that He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and of his kingdom there will be no end. The Church year ends today with a vision of the end of time. We have heard and read many parables regarding the Kingdom of God and the end of time in the last few Sundays.

The theme has been readiness to be admitted into that Kingdom of Heaven by loving God totally in our hearts, and actions, prayer, Sacraments by our beliefs; the faith handed down to us by the apostles, and by our Good works which are acts of self denial, sacrificial love, helping our neighbor etc.God wants us to be ready when he returns in Glory so we may enter eternity with him forever.

The scene in the Gospel is stark and resounds with Old Testament themes. In the Books of Daniel, Isaiah and Zephaniah; The Son of Man is enthroned over all nations and peoples. The nations have been gathered to see His glory and receive His judgment. The King is the divine shepherd Ezekiel foresees in today’s First Reading, judging as a shepherd separates sheep from goats. Each of us will be judged upon our performance of the simple works of mercy we hear in the Gospel today.

These works, as Jesus explains today, are reflections or measures of our love for Him, our faithfulness to His commandment that we love God with all our might and our neighbor as ourselves. faith is dead, it is lifeless, unless it is expressed in works of love As St James tells us Faith without works is dead.). We cannot say we truly love God, whom we cannot see, if we don’t love our neighbor, whom we can see.

Remember love is an action verb. The Lord is our shepherd, as we sing in today’s Psalm. And we are to follow His lead, to imitate His example. He healed our sickness which is our separation from God , freed us from the prison of sin and death ,welcomed us who were once strangers to His covenant as St Paul wrote in Ephesians, we were dead in trespasses and in sin, without God and without Hope.

Our Lord and King clothed us in baptism , He forgives us every time we sin and come to him with a contrite heart in the Sacrament of confession, He feeds us with the food and drink of His own body and blood the bread of life, the cup of Immortality.

The world, the flesh and the Devil are the Christian’s ongoing enemies in this life we live on earth. While we live in this world, our lives, our decisions must be totally in harmony and alignment with the Commandments of God.

This world though is not our true home, we’re just a passing through. Our Kingdom is not of this world, Jesus told that to Pilot before he was crucified. We must remain loyal subjects to Christ our King who suffered death and rose again to destroy the power of death and the grave.

At “the end,” He will come again to hand over His kingdom to His Father, as Paul says in today’s Epistle. Since we first believed, have we kept Jesus as Lord of our Lives? We must strive to be following Him in right paths, that this kingdom might be our inheritance, that we might enter into the eternal rest He promised for the people of God.

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Thanksgiving

To all my Family and friends

God Bless you all!

Jane and I send you and your families our love and blessings for  this Thanksgiving Day celebration.

Even though there is lots to be concerned about during these challenging times let us all focus on the blessings of the Liberty of God’s Supreme gifts He provides for us through His Son Jesus The Anointed One.

We know and are assured of God’s care for us no matter what the future holds.

We know that our Heavenly Father has provided for us a Kingdom that cannot be destroyed, altered or moved by any worldly force or demonic power.

The Good News is that God’s Kingdom cannot be shaken or moved but will be an everlasting Kingdom of Peace, Love and Joy.

The Good News is there will be no sin, sickness, death or evil in the Kingdom of God. Now that is a blessed Hope! A blessed assurance!

God’s Kingdom is reserved for any and all who look to Christ as their Lord, Savior and Master.

Let us focus on these eternal promises as we celebrate our Liberty in Christ this Thanksgiving Day.

Romans 8:27-39 KJV     27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.

34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Thankful to be His❤️

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Letter from FR. Khurshid

The following is the latest letter from Fr Simon Khurshid a friend from Toba Tek Singh Pakistan:

Dear Frank,
Greetings in Christ. I hope this email finds you well.
Thank you very much for your wishes and prayers you offered for me especially on the completion of 25 years of Priesthood.


I’m extremely thankful to you and Jane for sending donation for our hostel. I’m blessed to have you both in my life.


The silver Jubilee celebration went very well. I had been very busy that’s why I couldn’t send you my homily yesterday. I’m taking this opportunity to send it today. Please share with others also.


First reading: Ez 34, 11-12, 15-17,
Second reading: 1 Cor 15, 20-26
Gospel: Mt. 25:31-46


On the last Sunday of the liturgical year the church celebrates the Feast of Christ the King. This Sunday helps us to look towards our future, our final destiny, when Jesus will return in glory for the final judgment and award to reach the reward or punishment.
The Solemnity of Christ the King is a newer feast in the Catholic Church. This feast of Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925 and is observed on the last Sunday of the liturgical year as it helps us to meditate on Christ the King and Lord and also on the Second and Final Coming of Christ, the Last Judgment, and the end of the world.
The Pontiff was witness to a turbulent time in the world’s history. The First World War had just come to an end. Secularism was on the rise and dangerous dictatorships were emerging in Europe and beyond.
Christ had long been referred to as King, but Pope could see the respect and reverence for Christ’s authority waning in the midst of the unrest during the early decades of the 20th century. In response, the feast was set with the intent to reaffirm and refocus faith and respect in the kingship of Jesus.
Pope Pius XI felt that nations would see that the Church has the right to freedom, and immunity from the state. Secondly that leaders and nations would see that they are bound to give respect to Christ. Finally that the faithful would gain strength and courage from the celebration of the feast, as we are reminded that Christ must reign in our hearts, minds, wills, and bodies.

Today’s Readings revolve around the final judgment of Jesus Christ when He comes in glory and power. In the passage from the prophet Ezekiel, it is God Himself who will come personally to tend his sheep because the entrusted shepherds have not been found worthy of their charge. God will take care of the sick and ailing sheep but will separate and punish those who have made themselves strong at the expense of the weak. God says, “I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed my sheep with justice.”


St. Matthew’s Gospel completes this pastoral image with Jesus’ account of future certain events. Each person will be distinguished as a sheep or a goat according to a simple standard of practical attention to those who suffer. The standard of judgment is simple enough; ‘whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did it to me’.


What may surprise us is God’s identification with the most insignificant of his brothers: ‘you did it to me.’ What is also remarkable is that the just seem to be unaware that, in their life of service to the unfortunate, it was the Lord himself whom they were serving.


Definitive judgment will be served on all and reminds us that we are to be found worthy of God on the Day of Judgment. St. Paul reminds the Christians at Corinth of the fact of the resurrection from the dead, just as Jesus Christ died and rose to life. He tells us that Christ was raised from the dead as the first fruits of those who have died. One day, all those who have walked their living faith in Christ will resurrect from the dead to receive their salvation and to be glorified in Christ. Those who belong to Christ will form part of His kingdom. In this Kingdom all will be subject to Christ the King.
Further, the Psalm 23 sings of the Lord as the Good Shepherd who will feed, guide and protect His sheep. It is in the Lord that true goodness is to be found.

From the dawn of civilization, kings have arisen who have dreamed of possessing a world-wide dominion, a universal kingdom that would last forever. But here we have a king who is remarkably different from the kings of the earth. He came to serve all, even His enemies.

During his passion he manifested that he is the King and died on the cross with the title that he is the King of the Jews. To all intents and purposes, Christ, on the cross, was the perfect picture of defeat. He was left alone to be mocked, insulted, beaten, humiliated and finally to die a criminal’s death. His own disciples left him and ran away when he needed them the most. It was left to one of the thieves crucified with Him to recognize him as a King and he asks for a place in his kingdom. Jesus promises him that place.

Yet in today’s democratic set up we discover that the title “King” does not register too well. Hence a better image of today’s Feast would be achieved by presenting this as the Feast of Christ the Leader. All of us some time or other would like to think of ourselves as leaders. Jesus certainly knew the oppressive nature of secular kings and in contrast to them he connected his role as king to humble service, and commanded his followers to be servants as well.


In other passages of Scripture, his kingdom is tied to his suffering and death. While Christ is coming to judge the nations, his teachings spell out a kingdom of justice and judgment balanced with radical love, mercy, peace, and forgiveness. When we celebrate Christ as King, we are not celebrating an oppressive ruler, but one willing to die for humanity and whose loving-kindness endures forever.

During his life Jesus preached the Kingdom of God and openly told the disciples to seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness. It means we must put God first in our lives. It means we must come under the rule of this God/King, Jesus Christ. It means we must confess with our lips, Jesus is Lord, and does what he says.


He alone is King of kings and Lord of Lords. He called his disciples as friends and not servants and bestowed on them a share in his priesthood and kingship. Though he died, like other kings, he died willingly to save his people, and his death was not a result of a battle lost or a plan gone awry, but of a glorious victory planned before the world began. He rose in glory, and went to his heavenly coronation. Jesus in contrast to the oppressive nature of earthly kings, indicated his role as a king of humble service, and commanded his followers to be of service to others.


Christ is the king who gives us true freedom and liberation in Him. Thus we must never forget that Christ radically redefined and transformed the concept of kingship.


Christ Himself speaks of His own kingly authority during his discourse on Last Judgment, as he explains the rewards and punishments that will be the eternal lot of the just and the damned.
After his resurrection, when giving to his Apostles the mission of teaching and baptizing all nations, he took the opportunity to call himself king, confirming the title publicly, and solemnly proclaimed that all power was given him in heaven and on earth.

The feast of Christ the King celebrates the fact that he is one person in authority who is remarkably different. He came to serve all and his kingdom he says is not of this world.
In several passages of Scripture, his kingdom is tied to his suffering and death. While Christ is coming to judge the nations, his teachings spell out a kingdom of justice and his judgment is balanced with radical love, mercy, peace, and forgiveness.


The Scriptures speak of Jesus as God and also as King. He was born in the royal Davidic family. Joseph and Jesus were not biological father and son, but legal father and son, and, therefore, the throne of David belonged legally to Jesus.
In the annunciation narrative we have angel Gabriel bringing the good news to Mary in Nazareth, saying, “He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”
When the Magi come to Jerusalem they ask “Where is the one born king of the Jews?” The priests inform them that he is born in Bethlehem. During His ministry on earth, Jesus preached that the Kingdom of God was at hand. He openly said that his Kingdom was not of this world. When Jesus was asked by the Pharisees at what time the Kingdom of God was coming, he answered that the Kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed externally or they could point it to a particular place. But he tells them that the Kingdom of God is among them already.
During his triumphant entry into Jerusalem people call him son of David and greet him as a king. Later during his passion when Jesus is before Pilate, he is asked whether he is the king of the Jews. Jesus responds saying that he is the king.
Finally before his Ascension Jesus tells his disciples: ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’ Then he gives them the mission. He is the king of the universe, ruling over all.

In today’s Gospel Jesus reminds his hearers of the contrast between this time of liberty of action, and the impending judgment that awaits each person. He emphasizes here the criterion of judgment to be used, namely, the active attention to the needs of others, especially those who suffer.
It is a remarkable characteristic of Christianity the stress on brotherly love, and the fact that God considers as done to himself whatever small service rendered to someone in need.
He emphasizes the religious importance of attention to brotherly needs. In Christianity, it is the practical interest in the needs of others that is to become the paramount concern of their lives. Then charity is not to be a series of token gestures, but the real, central motivation of lives. Merely not harming others is not sufficient but a positive and practical attention to others in all their needs is demanded.
The Gospel passage also reminds us that we are to be found worthy of God on the Day of Judgment by doing things positive for God. What is implied is a personal task of growth and assimilation of the truth of the Gospel and of grace in this life.

Today’s Reading from the Gospel of Matthew tells us that Jesus is going to come in his glory with all the angels. He will sit on the throne of his glory to judge people. All the nations will be gathered before him and he will separate the sheep from the goats, the sheep he will keep at his right and the goats at his left. To the sheep, those who have persevered in their living faith until the end, Jesus will say, come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For when I was hungry, you gave me food. When I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I was a stranger, you welcomed me. When I was naked, you gave me clothing. When I was sick, you took care of me. When I was in prison, you visited me. For, as you did it to one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it to me.
To the goats on His left, He will say, you that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. When I was hungry, you did not feed me. When I was thirsty, you gave me nothing to drink etc.
Thus the Gospel echoes the eternal divine love and the justice of our King. He will show his eternal love to those who have shown love in this world. He will show his eternal justice against those who have failed to live a righteous life. Divine justice shall favor those who have been persecuted because of their living faith in Christ.

Factually, the judgment described in the Gospel of today is aimed at people of all nations. We know of the long tradition of Judaism that the Jews would be judged separately from the gentiles. Jesus now goes beyond that to include all and everyone will be judged uniformly. All can be part of the Kingdom of God by their acts of mercy towards the disciples of Jesus and more specifically to those in need. Actually through this act they are doing a service to the Son of God. These corporal works of mercy are indeed a human service to God and doing his will.
A specific twist in the judgment scene is that those gentiles who do the acts of mercy for Jesus do not have any ulterior motives. They simply see the people in need and take action to meet those needs. In fact they are very surprised to learn that by doing these acts for their brethren; they have been doing a service to Jesus.
On the other hand those who fail to do so and are condemned, claim that if they had known that those who were in need were indeed identified with Jesus, they would have acted differently.
The Gospel teaches us that all human beings are equal before the Son of Man and should be treated as such. This is the challenge that the feast places on to us.
Even while dying on the cross, Jesus reached out to sinners with the gift of Salvation. One of the two criminals crucified along with Jesus asked him to be remembered when he entered his kingdom. Jesus granted him his request and promised him salvation. The other criminal however, showed no sign of repentance and continued to mock Jesus along with others. What this criminal and others failed to understand is the divine necessity of Jesus’ death. The passage clearly tells us that in spite of the mockery and insult, Jesus is truly the king and Savior. The titles they gave him remained true and accurate.
Jesus redefined the true meaning of Kingship and the notion of the kingdom through his cross. This is not a competition of royalty but an expression of leadership that culminates in service. He shunned the status of power and might, domination and force as the moral and practical foundation for life.
Jesus is truly the master and king.
As we reflect on all the goodness of God that we have received by the grace of God the Father through Christ the King, our calling, our living faith, our Baptism, our new heart and human spirit, the indwelling Holy Spirit, the Holy Church Sacraments, the fruit of the Spirit, let us give thanks to Christ the King for showing us the way to His eternal Kingdom.
We remember God’s love in his divine mercy. We find hope and surrender in repentance to the God who cherishes us. We keep on going, telling God we’re sorry, accepting God’s forgiveness, trying even harder, and remembering to pray for the wayward and our enemies.May God bless you
In communion of prayers
Fr. Simon Khurshid

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A Word of Encouragement

A Word of Encouragement

One Grand day the Lord is coming back to gather us up.

This is the day all these trials and tribulations will be swallowed up in

Victory!

In that day we shall see Him as He is for we shall be like him.

What a powerful promise of our Living Hope.

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A Word of Encouragement

A Word of Encouragement

When the Apostle Paul wrote Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians he penned them from within the confines of a dark Roman Prison. I have read where the living conditions in these prisons were most likely worse than terrible.

While awaiting trial Paul was detained, and his future was certainly uncertain from the world’s perspective. That is except for the truth of the promises of Christ that Paul clung to.

During this horrendous situation Paul was able focus not on his circumstances, but on Christ who enabled Paul to receive revelation to write these epistles from a Heavenly or Kingdom of God perspective.

The following is a prayer Paul wrote in Ephesians from a Heavenly Perspective.


Ephesians 3:14-19 NLT

When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.

I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.

Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him.

Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.

And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

The following are the notes on this passage from the NLT:

Ephesians 3:17-19:

God’s Love is total, says Paul. It reaches every corner of our experience.

It is wide – it covers the breadth of our own experience, and it reaches out to the whole world.

God’s Love is long – it continues the length of our lives.

It is high – it rises to the heights of our celebration and elation.

His Love is deep – it reaches to the depth of our discouragement, despair, and even death. When you feel shut out or isolated, remember that you can never be lost to God’s Love.

(For another prayer about God’s immeasurable and inexhaustible love, see Paul’ words in Romans 8:38-39)

I have found these words in Paul’s letters to be a vital part of my faith and hope building. Focusing on the heavenly perspective on life imparts great comfort to my mind. This is especially so during these present days as I struggle to block out the World and focus on the truth of the promises we have received from The Father and His Son Jesus Christ.

In a sense today we are also imprisoned due to the deceptive evil forces that are in open rebellion against Christ.  

It is also vital that we pray and encourage one another daily and the more so as we see the Day of the return of Christ approaches. Therefore, it is imperative for us to mentally fight to keep our Heavenly Perspective on life clear.

Please allow me to encourage you to continue being pro-active in keeping your focus off of the world and focused on the truth of the things concerning the kingdom of God.

Please share this with others as you are led.

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KINGDOM OF HEAVEN QUOTES

KINGDOM OF HEAVEN QUOTES

“We have an unshakeable kingdom, the kingdom of God. We have an unchanging Person, Jesus Christ. Then we’ve got the gospel. And it’s a total gospel, for man’s total need.

Modern man is empty, and crying to high heaven for something to fill that emptiness. Nothing can fill that emptiness except the unshakeable kingdom, the unchanging Person, and the total gospel.“— E. Stanley Jones

“The kingdom of God is to live in the midst of its enemies and His children must be ready for what that means for their lives. —- Dietrich Bonhoeffer“

The kingdom of God doesn’t play by our rules. “Many who are first, “Jesus says, “will be last, and many who are last will be first”. And, whether you’re first or last, everything we receive is purely by grace-by God’s unmerited favor.–Winn”What did Jesus preach? What was his gospel? Availability of life in the kingdom of the heavens, the kingdom of God, NOW…– James Catford

“The word of the kingdom is the story of the Bible.”– Dallas Willard

“God’s plan for enlarging His kingdom is so simple – one person telling another about the Savior. Yet we’re busy and full of excuses. Just remember, someone’s eternal destiny is at stake. The joy you’ll have when you meet that person in heaven will far exceed any discomfort you felt in sharing the gospel.” -Charles Stanley

“The gospel is less about how to get into the Kingdom of Heaven after you die & more about how to live in the Kingdom of Heaven before you die.”- Dallas Willard

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A Word of Encouragement

A word of Encouragement

First, whatever happens in the future only the Lord knows.

We need to put our complete trust and confidence in his abilities to bring to pass his Plan.

Our walk with the Lord is a day by day reality therefore, as we do our part each day, he will open up to us the way which we should go.

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Proverbs 3:25-26
Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken,

Hebrews 10:25
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

As we see the increase of the rebellion raging against God and his Son, we should be encouraged because the return of our Lord to gather us is immanent.

Luke 21:27
And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

Today, instead of buying into the lies, fear and uncertainty which causes anxiety let us be strong in the Lord and clothed with the whole armor of God.

Let us continue to pray without ceasing for one another and the members of the Body of Christ.

Let us pray for those who the Lord is calling into His Kingdom.

Let us walk through the darkness without fear shining as lights in a dark and perverse nation.

Let us be ready to give an answer to every man who asks you for a reason of the hope that is in you with fear and trembling.

Let us be thankful that God picked you to be living in this day to represent Christ and His Kingdom to a world that is being shaken to its core.

Be encouraged and strengthened in the Lord for this is our moment!

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Psalm 146:3-5

Psalm 146:3-5Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.

When their spirit departs, they return to the ground on that very day their plans come to nothing.

Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.

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Kingdom Thoughts II


What did Christ mean when he said “Seek Ye first the Kingdom of God”?


I believe Christ is telling us to make Kingdom Living our number one priority in life.

We are not to be conformed to this World but transformed by the renewing of our mind into Kingdom Citizens.

We are to put on the mind of Christ and his Kingdom.

We are now Ambassadors for Christ and his Kingdom.

As an Ambassador for Christ we humbly represent the King and the Kingdom of God to everyone we meet.

The blessings of the Kingdom of God are ours as we allow God’s Love to flow through us to others as we go about our ordinary daily lives.

As representatives of Christ we share in Christs anointing.

Luke 4:18 KJV

18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

We are to bring in the Kingdom of God by:


Visiting a sick person.
Feeding and clothing the poor.
Offering a thirsty person a cup of water.
Going into a prison and spending time with an inmate.
Looking in on an elderly neighbor.

The Kingdom Lifestyle is doing these things and much more of the simple everyday activities with the attitude of the Beatitudes.

This is loving God and your neighbor as you love yourself; for what I do to you I do to me.

Kingdom Living truly is the more than abundant life Jesus of Nazareth spoke of in John 10:10.

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Kingdom Thoughts I

The Word of God is far superior than any other words or thoughts.

The Words of God are the Seeds of the thoughts and ideas of God’s Kingdom.

These kingdom/heaven seeds are sown in faith and will produce good fruit.

What kind of fruit? Kingdom fruit that is revealed throughout the Gospels and Church Epistles.

The Old Testament also contains examples of Kingdom Wisdom.

We as followers of Christ manifest the Dominion of the King (Kingdom) to this World as we renew our minds to think Christs thoughts and actions as we are led of the spirit. By this the Saints are Individually putting on the mind of Christ and Collectively become likeminded and of one accord in Christ.

This Partial Manifestation of the kingdom has been happening from time to time but “in that day” when we shall see him “as he is” we shall be like him! “we shall see him as he is“ At the time or moment of Christ’s appearing when we shall see him as he is then “we shall be like him” In other words the Church will then look like him fully matured because we will have grown up in Christ.

This is a purifying passage. . .As each believer sees the hope of Christ’s return it causes each individual to purify themselves even as He is Pure. The clear vision of the Hope is a powerful catalyst for followers of Christ to desire to be like Christ. It also imparts joy because we trust in the promises and provision of the Father. What an opportunity we have of manifesting the Dominion of the King while living here in the World today.

The kingdom is relevant for life today and not just for some future age. We see this kingdom dynamic happening in the Book of Acts. The first century believers saw the kingdom as more real than the World and thereby was able to subject themselves to living a kingdom lifestyle.

This type of walk is available today because when we were Born from above we became by faith citizens of the Kingdom of God. This caused our perspective to change from earthly to heavenly. We no longer desire the illusions the World has to offer. Like Father Abraham we too long for a city whose builder and maker is God.

My prayer is that we rise up to the place we have been called.

Philippians 3:14-16 KJV

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

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