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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 3, 2016

THE KINGDOM IS NEAR

The Kingdom of God is at hand for you. It is tempting for me to just let you just sit with that statement for the next 10 minutes and say nothing else. To just let you sit in that grace. . . but since it is probably quite difficult to jump into that now, my challenge to you is to take some time today or tomorrow morning to do just that.

Because the other part of this Gospel is the necessary work (and workers) the Kingdom requires. First, we need to clarify that the work is not building the Kingdom; rather, our task is to receive it. We are not God – we do not build – we receive, with God’s grace, we restore.

Our work in the vineyard is first to recognize that Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. In John’s Gospel, Jesus tells us that we will bear fruit if we remain in his love, which first means that we need to accept the fact that we ARE LOVED.

The Kingdom of God is at hand for you. Remain in God’s love – because you already are.

CLICK HERE for the readings for 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Isaiah 66:10-14; Psalm 66; Galatians 6:14-18; Luke 10:1-12, 17-20)

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