Spirituality and Ethics
The Reign of God

I have been thinking about the Reign of God and our participation in helping it to come about for the last couple of weeks. Some of us are used to thinking about the Kingdom, or Reign of God, as referring only to the end time, to eternal life. Indeed, the fullness of God’s reign lives in the future.

However, when we pray this section of the Lord’s Prayer: “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” we are asking that we may have the faith and the courage to work toward the fullness of the reign - with Jesus and with the help of the Holy Spirit. **

What might be some of the manifestations of this moral and spiritual endeavor?

Every time we seek unity over division
Every time we seek understanding over prejudice
Every time we fight against stereotyping people

Every time we presume good will on the part of those with whom we disagree
Every time we promote love over hate
Every time we choose compassion over intolerance

Every time we choose honesty over dishonesty
Every time we choose integrity over dishonor
Every time we choose mercy over condemnation

Back to the Lord’s Prayer. It begins with the word, “Our” – “Our Father.” Not  ‘my father’ (though this is true as well). Jesus puts the emphasis on our communal life.

How we relate with one another, as sisters and brothers of God’s family.

In sum, our role in building the Kingdom is essential. An honest appraisal of our strengths and weaknesses, our gifts and talents, helps us to make wise decisions that help further the goals of our Creator. Any attitude or behavior that goes against, or in opposition to the manifestations above, is not coming from the Good Spirit, but from the Evil one. This “one” sows disunity, suspicion, and discord.

Let us, be we in business or politics or any walk of life heed the words of St. Paul to “live as children of the light, not of the darkness” (Ephesians 5:8).

** See the last chapter in my book, “Beatitudes for the Workplace,” for a fuller of the Reign of God.

Fr. Max Oliva, S.J.

I have already heard from some of the readers of this month’s newsletter. Here is one that points towards Election Day.

“We further the Reign of God:
Every time we vote for a candidate known for promoting social justice, especially for the economically poor.
Every time we speak out and work for the rights of any marginalized group.
Every time we show ecological respect for our “common home.”

Submitted by Pete Henriot, S.J.


Jesuits West Magazine - Spring 2020

Jesuits West Magazine - Fall 2019

Jesuits West Magazine - Spring 2019

Fall, 2019

Summer, 2019

Fall, 2018

Homilies Virtue Ethics The Spirituality of Work: At Home Empathy in the Time of COVID-19 The Mercy of God Enables Us to Change Our Ways Autobiography in 5 Chapters Where Have All the Prophets Gone? Blessed are the Peacemakers The Reign of God Part II The Reign of God Key Mottos Qualities of Heroic Leadership A New Year Reflection Civility Compassion I Love My Country Integrity and Courage Joy Joy and Hope Living a Virtuous Life Living a Virtuous Life: More Readers Response Living a Virtuous Life: Readers Respond Living Water Love Post-Election Reflection Responses to the Feb-March Issue The Real Las Vegas What is Patience?
The Spirituality of St. Ignatius Ten Ethical Lessons The Our Father The Beatitudes The Ten Commandments Other Topics About Fr. Max Oliva, SJ

Jesuit Retreat Center of the Sierra
The Jesuit Retreat Center of the Sierra is an adult, youth, and family retreat center in Applegate, Placer County, California, for nonprofit groups of 20-130 (105 guests overnight; +25 additional beds in summer only).