The Kingdom of God in History

Each time the Year A comes round I revisit resources to deepen my understanding of Matthew’s gospel in order to prepare for our weekly scripture study groups. A previous professor of mine, BenedictViviano, OP, wrote The Kingdom of God in History back in 1988 and it was republished again in 2002.  I marveled at how people down through the ages tried to understand Jesus’ teaching about the kingdom of God. This book reminded me of how history has been influenced by our understanding, or not, of this teaching. As we witness the masses gathering in Madison WI these days, I ponder how our this teaching influences  our actions today.  I will email Fr. Viviano to pose this question and encourage him to revisit the question in light of what has happened in the years since he wrote this helpful book.