Kingdom Invitation

Daily reading: Luke 10:25-37, 15: 11-32, 18:1-8
Thursday August 25, 2016

Focus passages: Then the legal expert said, “The one who demonstrated mercy toward him.”  Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10:37
But we had to celebrate and be glad because this brother of yours was dead and is alive.  He was lost and is found.  Luke 15:32

Parables are rich in meaning. They often leave us with more questions than answers and Jesus rarely explains them, leaving us room to grow into the stories he teaches.

The kingdom of God is like a pestering widow pleading for justice, reminding us that, in God’s kingdom, all voices are needed.

The kingdom of God happens when a father welcomes back a wayward son and is wasteful in the amount of forgiveness he offers.

The kingdom of God happens when we, like the Good Samaritan, allow God’s compassion and mercy to flow through our actions so even our enemies can experience the presence of God.

It is experienced when we love God and neighbor when it is near impossible to love God and neighbor.

Prayer: God, help me to experience your kingdom today, in my words and my actions guide me.  Amen.


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