By: Chad Hyatt
Reflection—v. 2, ‘the kingdom of heaven’
The kingdom of God is easier to understand when we see what it looks like—what God wants. Jesus’ way of being in the world, which we see narrated in the gospels, is a perfect picture of the content of God’s kingdom. Jesus shows us what the kingdom looks like and what God wants. Jesus reveals healing in the face of diseased bodies and outcast persons. He shows us forgiveness in the face of violence and injustice, as a way toward truthfully facing the sins in our own communities and moving forward. He demonstrates how to respond to violence with creative nonviolence that re-personalizes and transforms our conflicts. Jesus shows us that peace begins by making peace with those who most suffer from the lack of it, that all of us have something to share with sisters and brothers near us who are in need. The ‘kingdom of heaven’ should not be some exotic mystery to us, the source of endless speculative debate. The kingdom of heaven calls all of us to respond to God’s now-time work for justice and mercy, beginning among the poorest. Jesus shows us how.
Prayer King of heaven, you open our hearts when you open our eyes.