Think Global, Act Local

The title of my homily today is “Think global, act local”. That means be aware of the big picture, but make a difference in the little picture in which you live. The scriptures today are about the Kingdom of God. The Gospel begins in these words, “This is how it is with the Kingdom of God.”

 

This is the basic teaching of Jesus about the kingdom of God, ‘think global, act local.’ And we see it clearly in today’s Gospel: the kingdom is not like the spread of a great empire, it is like tiny seeds scattered here and there. Where does one find it? It is found in little things, more like a tiny plant than some mighty building. But if it is given time, then the kingdom grows and spreads.

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 17, 2018

But “thinking global, acting local” is easier said than done. It is always easier to lay blame far away than to find it on own doorstep. It is easy to proclaim “love God and love your neighbor”, but when we talk about the neighbor next door, that’s another thing. Thinking in terms of God’s vast plan, loving one’s neighbor is harder than it appears.

 

As we strive to build up the Kingdom of God on earth, there are three things to keep in mind.

 

First, the building of god’s kingdom on earth is bringing God’s love closer to creation. The kingdom happens whenever someone looks at the world afresh, has new joy, rejoices in beauty, or is encouraged to seek the good. The scale of the kingdom is in direct proportion to the scale of the deeds we perform every day.

 

Second, each of us is called to build the kingdom as part of a community, this community, this church. WE are not just a bundle of individuals who happen to share a world, we are one people bonded together as the body of Christ. When we truly accept this, then we can realize that we are all brothers and sisters working in the same way, encouraging one another, supporting one another, and comforting one another along the way.

Third, we are people who are called to live by faith, act with love, and walk with hope. Hope is living with the ‘not yet’, the incompleteness of what we do, the energy to get up again after we experience failure.

 

In conclusion, ‘think global, act local’ might be rephrased into more religious terms, ‘Think God, love neighbor’; this is the basic plan of salvation. We seek to build the kingdom of the Father and we pray for its coming. We do this in union with the Son; we are the body of Christ. We press on in hope, which is an effect of the Holy Spirit living within us to enlighten us and to enliven us. “Think global, act local’.  Amen.

Fr. Terry Hazel

Sunday Readings

Ezekiel 17:22–24

Every tree of the field will know that I am the Lord . I...wither up the green tree, and make the dry tree bloom.

2 Corinthians 5:6–10

We would rather leave the body and go home to the Lord.  

Mark 4:26–34

[Jesus said,] “But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches.”