“As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”
Jesus was clearly not preaching a message of how to safely be evacuated to a future heaven. It is not about a “personal salvation project” as Thomas Merton would have called it. That would make it all about me somehow earning a future reward by what I do…and not about any transformational journey with Christ. It would miss my responsibility for caring for my neighbor in the here and now. Jesus told his followers to preach that ‘the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Is “at hand”…not “will be some day if you’re good!” How have we missed this for so long? Each of us is called to use our gifts and talents to make the here and now a more loving, merciful, forgiving and compassionate place. When we love God and our neighbor with all our hearts…the kingdom of heaven is at hand! How are you being called to use your gifts and talents so that God’s kingdom can truly come?
Suggested song of the day—“Shall We Sing” on the Listen to Your Heart album.
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Have a blessed day!