Today's Lectionary Text
Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying,
“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord
I recently read Michelle Obama’s memoir, “Becoming.” Mrs. Obama reflects on her life through sections entitled “Becoming Me,” “Becoming Us” and “Becoming More.” Hers is a story of how her past influenced her future. She has a clear sense of how her life experiences have led her to where she is now.
And that’s what it means to “become.” To become is to grow into something new, to enter into a new way of being.
The writer of Revelation says the kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of the Lord. English teachers tell us that this grammatical structure indicates an action that began in the past and continues into the present. And this is how we understand the kingdom of God. Jesus inaugurated the kingdom, but the kingdom is not yet present in all its fullness. You and I are privileged to live in this time, to be witnesses to the kingdom that is becoming, to a world that is continually growing into something new.
But there also is another definition of “becoming.” “Becoming” is akin to loveliness, as in, “that dress is becoming to you.” I think this definition also fits today’s reading. The kingdom of the world/the kingdom of God is becoming to us. It makes us more beautiful. What a thought, that simply by living in God’s kingdom, our beauty is enhanced. God’s kingdom is becoming to us.
The kingdom of God has become…and it is becoming. May we, too, become … and be becoming … as we live into God’s kingdom here on earth.
-Rev. Lori Schwilling
Prayer for Reflection
Lord, thank you that your kingdom has already come. May I reflect the beauty of your kingdom in my interactions with others throughout this day. Amen
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