Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.
The Reign of God
The Church today is called to participate in the Kingdom of God. Those who live as Jesus did spread his kingdom through their everyday actions and attitudes when they act uprightly, practice patience, and love genuinely. Relying on God's power and grace, Christians are called to promote justice and speak the truth to help bring about the fullness of his kingdom in the world.
According to the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (1), "The joy and hope, the grief and anguish of the men of our time, especially of those who are poor or afflicted in any way, are the joy and hope, the grief and anguish of the followers of Christ as well." This statement is a reminder that when Christians work to cooperate with God's kingdom, they must look not only into their own homes, but also outward to those who are most in need of the Good News. Aiding those who are poor or in need shows solidarity with all humanity. When the Church works for the care and liberation of those who are poor, it is fulfilling a most important task in its mission. In serving these people, the Church follows the example of Jesus. The virtue of solidarity goes beyond giving material resources. It also involves sharing the gifts of faith.
Ever-present God, may your kingdom come, and may I be an instrument in welcoming it. Amen.
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