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St John records: ‘Pilate entered the praetorium again and called Jesus, and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me; what have you done?” Jesus answered, “My kingship is not of this world; if my kingship were of this world, my servants would fight, that I might not be handed over to the Jews; but my kingship is not from the world.”’

St John Chrysostom commented; ‘My Kingdom is not of this world. If My Kingdom were of this world, then would My servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews. He undoes that which Pilate for a while had feared, namely, the suspicion of seizing kingly power, Is then His kingdom not of this world also? Certainly it is. How then says He it “is not”? Not because He does not rule here, but because He has his empire from above, and because it is not human, but far greater than this and more splendid’.

As we pray the Lord’s prayer today, let us pay particular attention to the phrase ‘Thy kingdom come’, praying it for our universe, our world, and what we carry in our own hearts. May God bless you this day.