I once read through the gospels as if they were simply books. Two phrases seemed to be repeated more often than any others. They were “by your faith you have been healed” and “the Kingdom of God is at hand.”

Today’s gospel makes me want to reflect on the second. Jesus does not say the Kingdom is coming in the future. He does not say it is up there in the heavens. No, Jesus says the Kingdom of God is here and now. We are called to build this Kingdom in our lives this very day. We are invited to the privileged role of being co-creators, with God, of the Kingdom in the very mundane circumstances of our own lives. We do this by sharing the infinite, unconditional and pure love God showers upon us every moment of our lives.

—David McNulty works for the Midwest Jesuits. Dave and his wife Judy are grandparents of six