The phrase “Your Kingdom come” in the Lord’s prayer doesn’t mean what we usually think it means: let the Kingdom of God come so that we may enjoy life on earth and indulge in pleasure. That wouldn’t be any good. Someday we are going to leave this world, while others will come and leave it, too.
“Your Kingdom come” means, let the Kingdom of God come into us continually, sanctify us and lead us towards the fulfillment of eternal life.
Church and its members live with this anticipation and certainty that the Lord has come: They feel they’re of Christ and hold on to the anticipation that the Lord is coming, regardless of when the Lord will.
That’s faith, that’s hoping in God, that’s having God in your heart. You don’t falter. You have learnt to wait. There comes a time when passions are erad- icated and everything else that tornments you, too. Then, the Kingdom of Heaven will have been realised in your heart.
Archimandrite Symeon Kragiopoulos (†)
From the book: Archimandrite Symeon Kragiopoulos, “SPIRITUAL MESSAGES” Panorama Thessaloniki, 2017