Between the gospel passages from Matthew last Sunday and this coming Sunday, we are swimming in parables, in imaginative metaphors meant to give us glimpses of the kingdom of heaven. As preached last week, the Kingdom is nothing less than the King, and all those of whom He has taken hold and who share in His life, a life fully and perfectly lived “in” what we call heaven; hence, the expression, “the kingdom of heaven”.
We have the privilege of sharing in God’s life. “You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed.” This is Peter’s way, in his epistle, chapter 1 (v. 23), of speaking of grace, whereby we share in God’s life. John tells us: “He gave power (grace!) to become children of God.” (1:12)
We have the privilege of sharing in God’s life, which is our truest life, for God is our purpose, God is our home. We, of course, live our human life. We eat and drink and try to be merry. We makes decisions, engage one another in affection and seek to make the world around us a better, that is, a more peaceful and just place. This human life is to be taken hold of and transformed from within, such that the God’s life—a life of pure light and pure love—radiate in us. To the extent that that this happens, heaven begins now—deep inside, and the world around us can be deeply changed. This is a daily choice. We are free to welcome or to ignore or to reject God’s life in us; we are free to let God work wonders in us or not. Let us freely and hope-fully choose.
Yours in Christ,
The Rev. Dominique Peridans
From the desk of the Rector