Column: Catholics invited to share their experiences of building the kingdom

by Bill Scholl 

Are you tuned in to all the good work that Christ is accomplishing through his servants in our archdiocese? Our culture can blast a believer out of the pew with the loudness of an electronic media that too often works against the glory of God.

That’s why the archdiocesan offices for social justice and evangelization and catechesis have teamed up with local Catholic radio station KEXS 1090 AM with the talk show “Kingdom Come.” Saturdays at noon, “Kingdom Come” lifts up the signs of hope in our community by interviewing local Catholics working for the kingdom. We call the show “Kingdom Come” because the Our Father is not just post-mortem aspiration, but a mission statement for the here and now: Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” As disciples of Christ we are called to do our own unique part to promote the kingdom of God here on earth . . . right now!

I have a friend who once confided to me that even though she had been praying the Our Father her entire life, she had only just realized, “God is going to look at how I forgive people who have hurt me to determine how he is going to forgive my sins.” How often do we pray as Christ taught us, without thought to how this prayer should change us?

Christ is going to look at how you worked to establish his rule of love, his kingdom in this world, to determine your desire to be with him in the next. Our work to make the kingdom of Christ happen is how we knock on the door of heaven.

Because we are each unique, beloved children of God through our baptism, our work for the kingdom looks different. “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone” (1 Cor 12:4-6).

Perhaps your work is to share the good news through a prison ministry. Perhaps your work is to evangelize your co-workers. Perhaps your work is to advocate for the poor and marginalized in society. Perhaps you have only just realized you have a job to do for God.

Whatever your work, we want to hear about it and we want you to hear about the work of other Catholics in our community. Tune in Saturdays at noon to hear “Kingdom Come,” hosted by myself and Matt Karr on KEXS 1090 AM.

If you are involved in a ministry that people need to know about, please let me or Matt know. Let’s celebrate the great things God is doing through his people in the archdiocese.

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