Yesterdays’ Gospel reading told us that “the Kingdom of God is at hand.” Today’s first reading emphasizes that God the Father has subjected all things to Christ, and in the Gospel we see Him exercise His authority over evil spirits. And yet, as the first reading also points out, “at present we do not see ‘all things subject to Him.’” It’s only natural for us to ask why.
The letter to the Hebrews points out that Jesus led us, as our brother, to salvation through a process of suffering. Although He “tasted death for everyone”, He still tells us elsewhere in the Gospel that we must follow Him on the path of the cross. God has dominion over all creation, but He wants us to be part of the process of making His kingdom visible. We can only make His Kingdom manifest in the world if we ourselves have first fully embraced it, by fighting against our own sinful tendencies and striving each day to follow Jesus more closely, focusing more on serving others than on helping ourselves. This is why in yesterday’s reading Jesus also tells us to “repent and believe the Gospel”.
God’s Kingdom will be fully manifested only when He comes again, in the “world to come” that the first reading refers to. In the meantime, may God grant us the strength, faith, hope and love to stay close to our Leader to Salvation, Jesus Christ, our brother, so we can say with Him to the Father, “I will proclaim Your name to my brethren, in the midst of the assembly I will praise you.”