Once Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, and he answered, â€˜The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, â€œLook, here it is!â€ or â€œThere it is!â€ For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you.â€™
Then he said to the disciples, â€˜The days are coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. They will say to you, â€œLook there!â€ or â€œLook here!â€ Do not go, do not set off in pursuit. For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. But first he must endure much suffering and be rejected by this generation.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.