Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God rings with an antique sound in our ears but it's a concept that runs like a deep and thirst quenching creek through the Gospels. The response of followers of the Way down the centuries have been to organise this transformative principle into institutions often indeed identifying the Kingdom with the Church.

Church and Kingdom are the same but yet not the same, as metaphors and ideas they never fully actualise in this level of existence and like the manna in the Sinai desert which Moses commanded the people to gather each day these indefinable experiences turn stale when we seek to capture them into the abstract or the institution.

Kingdom words flow like a fountain from the deep silence of Jesus.  In conversation he opens a space for encounter, for an uncovering of truth, the reflection of insight which distills into the transformation of deep abundant life giving enlightenment.

From years of silence and from nights in prayer and early mornings in solitude the Kingdom which is not of this world, but in actuality encompasses all of life breaths like a dream which always threatens to upset our easy certainties and desire for tidy, rational, packaged and systematised answers.

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