For those paying attention, I'm officially backing off this statement;
"I'm convinced that when "Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people" he was holding out to his people the real prospect of paradise, of an earthly and heavenly kingdom with the Son of God on the throne, reigning in justice and truth. It was no mere rhetoric... mankind had the chance, for a few years, to choose the undoing of original sin, to usher in the Eternal Kingdom... if only we had followed."
See, this is what happens when theological illiterates like me compose at the keyboard relying principally on an overactive imagination. I should have suspected I was out of bounds based only on the fact that it was an idea I had not heard form any Catholic source before, let alone Church teaching. Novelty is a warning bell.
For what it's worth, I hope the focus on Jesus offering an "earthly" kingdom didn't take too much away from the main point of the post, which was that I believe there is a great deal more happening at Gethsemane than just the awareness of death, that disappointment and loneliness
might also have contributed greatly to the agony of our Lord.
When Jesus offered the Kingdom to his people, what he offered was himself.