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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 29, A.D. 2002

Ephesians 5:21-33
Psalm 128:1-5
Luke 13:18-21


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 (sriddle415@yahoo.com)


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