Saturday, December 21, 2019

Advent 2019, day twenty-one

Everything has a season, and a time for every
matter under the heavens.

What gain is there for him who does in what he toils?
(Qohelet 3:1, 9)

Whenever Jesus spoke about the kingdom of the heavens, he did so in the earthy toil of farmers and merchants, shepherds and fishermen, women baking bread. In every matter conducted under the heavens, human toil from generation to generation, there is the potential to be caught-up into that kingdom, for heaven and earth to be tightly knit together. It starts with the imagination, and finds expression in justice and mercy and in living each moment to the full. In light of heaven.

And in this, there is unimaginable gain.

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