“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
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From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
After being baptized by John the Baptist, Jesus went into the desert for forty days.
Then John the Baptist was arrested.
That signaled the start of the ministry of Jesus.
It began with today’s scripture verse.
“Repent” means to change your direction.
He’s telling us to turn away from our worldly ways.
Turn away from seeking happiness in the kingdom of the world.
Instead, turn toward seeking happiness in the kingdom of heaven.
And note that he is not talking about this kingdom of heaven being off in a distant time when we die.
It’s at hand.
It’s right now.
That is Jesus’ message.
As scripture tells us: “God is love” (1 John 4:8).
This Love is available in the present moment.
It’s in your next breath.
It’s in the sunrise.
It’s in the sunset.
It’s in the eyes of a baby peering into yours.
It’s in the aroma of your morning cup of coffee.
It’s in the gently falling brown leaf from a tree in autumn or the sprouting of a new leaf in spring.
This Love is infinite and is always pouring forth upon us.
The most important commandments, as Jesus said, are to love God and our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:35-40).
When we love others as if they were us, we remain in Christ and Christ remains in us (1 John 3:24).
And there we experience the Oneness of Love.
The kingdom of heaven is truly at hand.
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