Vatican City, Mar 6, 2019 / 04:01 am America/Denver (CNA).
Pope Francis said Wednesday that the Kingdom of God is the greatest force in the world, but it is humble, almost invisible, and slow-growing.
“‘Thy Kingdom come!’ repeats the Christian insistently … sometimes we ask ourselves: why is this Kingdom being realized so slowly?” Pope Francis said March 6.
“God is not like us, God has patience,” he explained to the pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square. During his general audience on Ash Wednesday, the pope reflected on the line, “Thy Kingdom come,” in a continuation of his weekly catechesis on the “Our Father.”
To say, “Thy Kingdom come,” is like saying “We need you, Jesus,” the pope said. “We need you, Jesus … that everywhere and forever you may be Lord among us!”
“Signs of the coming of this Kingdom are many, and all positive,” Francis said. “Jesus himself indicates these signs: ‘The blind regain sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead rise again, the Gospel is proclaimed to the poor.’”