5th Monday in Lent
May your kingdom come
How does this come about?
Whenever our heavenly Father gives us his Holy Spirit, so that through his grace we believe his Holy Word and live Godly lives here in time and hereafter in eternity.
[God] desires nothing more from us than that we ask many and great things of him. And, on the contrary, he is angered if we do not ask and demand with confidence. Imagine if the richest and most powerful emperor commanded a poor beggar to ask for whatever he might desire and was prepared to give lavish, royal gifts, and the fool asked only for a dish of beggar’s broth. He would rightly be considered a rogue and a scoundrel, who had made a mockery of the imperial majesty’s command and was unworthy to come into his presence. Just so, it is a great reproach and dishonor to God if we, to whom he offers and pledges so many inexpressible blessings, despise them or lack confidence that we shall receive them and scarcely venture to ask for a morsel of bread.
Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. Luke 12:32-33
SILENCE FOR MEDITATION
I must admit that oftentimes I am not living in the kingdom of heaven. Despairing over the state of world conflicts and politics, I lack hope for the resolution to these conflicts. Lacking faith in God to watch over me, my friends and family and suffering strangers, I worry about the future, regret the past and forget to live in the peace of the moment. Seeking revenge instead of forgiveness for my enemies, I selfishly trample on others in a rush to protect myself. I believe I don’t deserve heaven instead of accepting it’s gifts.
Are you living:
…in despair or a hope filled heaven?
…in an impossible world or in a heaven of possibilities?
…with revenge and regrets or with Christ’s forgiveness?
…in divisiveness or in a peaceful heaven?
…with blindness or within sight of the face of God?
When I choose to step out of the darkness into heaven, or perhaps when God has grown tired of my foolishness and turns on the light, everything changes. Suddenly there is hope and forgiveness, there are solutions and new perspectives.
The seemingly impossible gift of being able to ask for the kingdom is now possible and actually simple. Don’t be a fool, like me, looking for lost hope in the darkness where it doesn’t exist. Step into the light to find the kingdom instead.
Great king and loving parent, all powerful God and saving Christ, please show me the infinity of your kingdom where I am a welcome citizen. Thank you for your multitude of gifts that are so freely given. Amen.
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