“You are not far from the kingdom of God.”
Jesus had just explained to a man questioning Him that the greatest commandment was to love God with all your soul, mind and strength…and to love your neighbor as yourself. When Jesus saw that the man believed this in his heart…He told him that he was “not far from the kingdom of God.” For many people this type of statement just goes in one ear and out the other! Many Christians only view the “kingdom of God” as meaning a future destination and reward that they call “heaven.” But clearly this is not what Jesus was usually talking about! He often spoke of the “kingdom of God” being “at hand” as well as “proclaiming” the “kingdom of God.” God’s kingdom breaks into the present when you love God and love your neighbor as yourself. And then “it’s heaven all the way to heaven”…as St. Catherine of Siena is alleged to have said. God’s love for each of us is eternal. You don’t have to earn it! Allow this Infinite Love to warm your heart. Now…let’s take part in making God’s kingdom come today.
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