If the final revelation of the kingdom demands our vigilance, so does the day-to-day unfolding of that same reality: God is at work all around us.
Jesus has come to reveal the truth about God, and to invite us into his reign--which is not of this world.
The end of all things must wait until the gospel is proclaimed to the ends of the earth--a task still in process today.
It's important for each of us in the community to share generously in order for the Church to do the work of the Kingdom.
If we focus on God first, then on loving others because of our relationship with God, we'll have our priorities straight.
Our deepest wishes, our courage when we take a risk, the generosity we feel in response to God's grace, are all inside of us like they were in Blind Bartimaeus.
The disciples' humanness gives us hope that God will work in our lives and patiently remind us that true greatness comes through serving others.
To take the risk of letting go in a society that promotes conspicuous consumption is indeed an impossible task without God's help.
The Genesis account of the creation of man and woman suggests that faithfulness in marriage is rooted in our very humanness, in how we are created by God.
Jesus cautions his disciples that they must not obstruct anyone who is working in his name. Like Moses in Sunday's first reading, we must welcome the diverse ways God bestows his Spirit among us.