“You are not far from the kingdom of God.” Mark 12:14
What puts us close to the kingdom of God? A scribe listened carefully before putting his question to Jesus. His question was sincere with no ulterior motives. He asked for the true source and not trivial matters. And when he heard truth as the answer, he confirmed it from what he knew.
What puts us close to the kingdom of God? When we stop assigning Jesus to a particular human line and accept him as the Savior. If the anointed King of Israel is subject to one greater than himself, we must not limit the Christ to any border or boundary.
What puts us close to the kingdom of God? When we who lead refuse to do so for the sake of honors and power positions. We are called to reject gain from the powerless. No amount of prayer can hide such exploitation. Such self-serving hypocrisy decisively separates us from the presence of God.
What puts us close to the kingdom of God? When we give all we have out of poverty. To give out of luxury is no great feat. To sacrifice when poor shows great faith.
Lent is coming to a close. Easter and Pascha are approaching. But, the kingdom of God is near. Let us always draw near to it.
Yours in Christ,
Brother Cyprian Bluemood
Order of Saint-Simon of Cyrene