Life in the Kingdom (29 April 2021)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

The kingdom of heaven is like what happened when a king gave a wedding banquet for his son. The king sent some servants to say to the guests, “The banquet is ready! My cattle and prize calves have all been prepared. Everything is ready. Come to the banquet!” But the guests did not pay any attention. Some of them left for their farms, and some went to their places of business. Then he said to the servants, “It is time for the wedding banquet, and the invited guests don’t deserve to come. Go out to the street corners and tell everyone you meet to come to the banquet.” They went out on the streets and brought in everyone they could find, good and bad alike. And the banquet room was filled with guests.

(Matthew 22:2-10, excerpted, CEV)

Reflect:

Our deepest identity is as an invited guest to the wedding banquet of the Son of the King. How often during the day do we accept the invitation? How often do we set it aside in favour of whatever it is that seems more important at the time? The miracle is that, though we may have tossed the invitation into the dustbin, God sends out servants to gather us in.

Respond:

Set an alarm on your phone or watch or computer to go off every couple of hours. When it rings, stop what you’re doing and ask yourself “what am I doing with God’s banquet invitation right now?” Then decide what your next move will be.

Midday Meditation:

The Great Dance does not wait to be perfect until the peoples of the Low Worlds are gathered into it. We speak not of when it will begin. It has begun from before always. There was no time when we did not rejoice before His face as now. The dance which we dance is at the centre and for the dance all things were made. Blessed be He!

(C.S. Lewis, Perelandra)

Evening Reflection:

A prayer: Sweet laughing Trinity, you spend eternity dancing together, feasting on the abundance of your love and community. You have invited me—me!—to join you. Tonight I reach out the hand of my soul to take yours. Draw me into your company, so that I might share your joy.

 

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