“As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.”
Ever notice how Jesus never seemed to be telling people about some future heaven…or how they need to get there someday? He was all about getting them there now. How did we miss this for so long? Jesus brings the kingdom of God alive in the present by curing the sick, raising the dead and healing those suffering from various afflictions or addictions. He says that the “kingdom of heaven” (or interchangeably the “kingdom of God”) is “at hand.” This place of healing, love, mercy, forgiveness and compassion is the kingdom of God. You and I are freely given this by our Divine Source and are sent to freely give it to others in an unending flow of grace. Let us go with that flow…right now! To paraphrase St. Catherine of Siena: It’s heaven all the way to heaven.
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