Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 29, A.D. 2002
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"What is the Kingdom of God like?"
What is the Kingdom of God like? It is like the smallest thing you can
possibly imagine taking root and eventually becoming the largest. It is
like a little bit of something, which when mixed with the whole, affects
the entire amount.
The Kingdom of God begins when we open the door of our selves to the
action of Christ. When we let Christ in a little bit, our lives can be
transformed. It is as though without Christ we sit in a small,
lightless, airless room. When we crack the door open just a little bit
both light and air stream in. It may not be much at first, but suddenly
we can begin to make out the contours of the room around us.
But this action is only the beginning of the Kingdom of God. When we act
on what has been revealed, when we cooperate with the changes in our
lives, we bring them out into the world. Everyone can suddenly see the
transformation in us, and they wonder about it. Thus, the grain that
changed us is brought forth to change the world. We become the leaven or
the mustard seed. We serve as the invitation for others to enter the
Kingdom of God.
That is why it is so important to pray -- even when we don't feel like
it. Even when it seems to do nothing, still pray, pray, pray. By prayer
we keep the door open. We resist the pressure of the world to have it
slam shut on us and block out the light. Prayer keeps the light and air
flowing in, and gives us the strength to open the door more than a
crack. It gives us the strength to wholeheartedly submit ourselves to
the Kingdom and the action of God in the world. It gives us the strength
to accept the transformation God intends for us.
- JuandelaCruz, TOCarm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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