In this 6th Grade lesson, we study the Proclamation of the Coming Kingdom of God.
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Christ Healing the Blind Man by Eustache Le Sueur
Let’s start by asking a basic question. What is the Kingdom of God? The answer is simple: Heaven. Through the whole Old Testament, God gave hints about the coming of the Kingdom. When Jesus came, the Kingdom was getting closer! During these three years of His public ministry, He shows us the Kingdom in His person, words, and deeds.
The Kingdom is present in the person of Jesus. Jesus said in Mark 1:15 that “the Kingdom of God is at hand.” Put your hand out in front of you — that’s how close He says it is. We can reach out and enter the Kingdom, if we trust Him enough to do what He wants us to do.
The Catechism paragraphs that we read earlier made it clear who the Kingdom is for. It’s for the poor, the lowly, and the sinners. We are all called to enter the Kingdom. When we pray the Our Father, we pray “Thy Kingdom come…”
Also in the Catechism, it said that in order to gain the Kingdom, we have to give away everything. “Words are not enough; deeds are required.” If we truly understand the gift that is being offered, we will realize that we should do whatever God wants of us in order to be worthy of the gift. Jesus referred to the Kingdom as a pearl of great price, and one of the last things He did before dying on the Cross was to tell the thief crucified with Him that he would be brought into the Kingdom that day.
And what do we need to do? We have to not only get ourselves to Heaven, but we need to try to bring as many people with us as possible. We must try to grow in holiness. As for proclaiming the Kingdom, we don’t keep good news to ourselves — we spread it! We should share in Jesus’ role of proclaiming the Kingdom. His words and deeds both pointed the way for us. This is especially true of His parables. When people look at us, what do they see? Do we also point to Jesus?
Words to Remember:
Kingdom of God
Sacrament of Reconciliation
What we Learned:
Jesus opened the Kingdom of God for us.
We must use both words and deeds to get ourselves and others to Heaven.
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