Seeing the Kingdom of God

Luke 9:27 Is a very difficult verse and since it concludes today’s reading from the lectionary why don’t we have a little look…

“But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”

“Thus, if we wish not to fear death, let us stand where Christ is, so that he may say to us too, “There are some standing here that shall not taste death.” It is not enough to stand unless our standing is where Christ is. For only those who can stand with Christ cannot taste death. It is therein lawful through the quality of the very word to ponder that those who are seen to have deserved the fellowship with Christ will not have even a perception of death. Surely the death of the body may be tasted by dedication; the life of the soul may be held by possession.

But what is it to taste death? Unless, perhaps, bread may be death, just as bread is life? For there are those who eat the bread of sorrow; (Psalm 126:3 LXX) there are also the Egyptian peoples who received the dragon as food. (Psalm 74:13-14) May it be far from us to devour the dragon’s poison, for we have the true Bread, that Bread which came down from heaven (John 6:51). He who keeps what is written eats that Bread. Thus there are those who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.” St. Ambrose EHG 237-38


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One response to “Seeing the Kingdom of God

  1. Another interpretation that I like is that the Kingdom of God was witnessed in the Transfiguration (the event immediately following this verse).

    Therefore, it was true that those standing there would not taste death before seeing the Kingdom of God before their very own eyes; indeed, within that same moment!

    Pray for me

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