The Third Luminous mystery is a difficult mystery as there isn’t a single moment in scripture where this happens rather it takes place throughout the Gospels. The first proclamation is done by John the Baptist as he calls out, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” The proclamations continue throughout the gospels culminating somewhat with our reading from Sunday, where Jesus asks “Who do you say that I am?”
We must hear the words of John the Baptist echoing in the world today “The Kingdom of God is at hand!” and act upon it. We need to help build the Kingdom of God here on Earth, that is what we are put here to do. This seems next to impossible in the world today. The racial divide in America seems to have grown despite that supposed “desegregation of society” during the 60s, the Middle East seems to be in a more volatile state than when the war was going on, the conflict in Ukraine and all those other ongoing conflict throughout the world it seems that we are not building up a kingdom but tearing one down.
The only way that we can start building God’s Kingdom on earth is to try to live by the example set by the Saints. One of the major things that many of them did was embrace the concept of love for one another. The Beatles perfectly sum it up for us in a catchy tune “Love is all you need.” The more love we bring into the world the better a place it will be in the long run, as love might bring peace and understanding as well. We may not build the kingdom in our lifetimes but we can certainly work on it and leave a better world to our children than the one that we live in.