When I look for words to describe “The Kingdom of God” I am led to acknowledge that we certainly live in the tension between the now and the not yet. 

Jesus is coming back again to fully “make manifest” the kingdom of God to us. But as we are waiting in the here and now, God invites us to participate as citizens in His Kingdom of love, justice, and mercy, where sins are forgiven, the sick are made whole, enemies are reconciled, captives are freed, and the needs of the poor are met.

It is where and when we are reconciled with God and are under the providential care of God. It is currently made manifest in the here and now as we share the person of God with others and strive to do God’s will on earth as it is in heaven. It is in the here and know as we function from a posture of love, and justice, serving humanity as we serve God.