We often pray ‘Your Kingdom come on earth as in heaven’ but what is really ‘ruling’ us? Our past and future fears, unconscious patterns that we avoid facing, our blinding passion and prejudices about what ‘should be’ or ‘shouldn’t be’ that we need for our self-worth, our anger, grudges, etc?
The Kingdom ‘ruling’ on earth is a wisdom agenda and not primarily a political agenda or a hoped-for time somewhere in the future. It is the transforming power of Loving Presence within us here-and-now manifesting externally the wisdom that Presence is prepared to open within us if we are prepared to let go of trusting/demanding our false-self wisdom rule instead.
“… the Kingdom of God is within you.” – a Jesus ‘mic drop’ moments we have difficulty grasping the implications.
Augustine’s experience is too often ours: “Late have I loved you, beauty so old and so new: late have I loved you. And see, you were within and I was in the external world and sought you there, and in my unlovely state I plunged into those lovely created things which you made. You were with me, and I was not with you….”