“The Kingdom of Heaven Has Come Near”
In Jesus, the kingdom of heaven, the reign of God, broke into this world in a way that was at the same time majestic and intimate, revealed and hidden, and complex and simple.
The kingdom is still here and it is still all those things.
It makes a difference now, as it made a difference then, for those who are able and willing to receive the grace through faith that opens their lives up to the fact of God and to the attendant facts of God’s love, God’s mercy, God’s will, and God’s way.
O God, make us able and willing.
O God, turn us evermore to you and away from everything that is not you.
“From that time Jesus began to proclaim, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near’” (Matthew 4:17).