It is a favorite of Hollywood movies as well as a favorite plot line for authors: people looking for what they think they need elsewhere, when all the time they had it right there with them. Folks can get easily distracted as well as not see things clearly when they have become familiar.
Jesus responds to a question about when the kingdom of God is coming and he replies: You cannot see its coming, people will try to misdirect you, but in reality "the kingdom of God is among you". He of course was referring to himself being amidst and among them. But what about us, here, now, some 2000 years later? Is that kingdom still among us? Certainly people have been misled by cults and self-centered folk....but that is not the kingdom of God. I think we create vignettes of the kingdom when we act as we should: when we are kind to those in need, when we visit and care for those who are sick, when we love and are open-hearted and open-minded and welcoming. There it is!
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