- Religion and Philosophy
Saying 3 from the Gospel of Thomas: A Contemplation
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‘Saying 3 - The kingdom is within us
Jesus said, "If those who lead you (plur.) say to you, 'See, the kingdom is in heaven,' then the birds of heaven will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. But the kingdom is inside of you. And it is outside of you. "When you become acquainted with yourselves, then you will be recognized. And you will understand that it is you who are children of the living father. But if you do not become acquainted with yourselves, then you are in poverty, and it is you who are the poverty."’
Within and around us, right here and now, is where we want to be, is where God’s reign is, God’s kingdom upon us.
We need not search far to become a better person; who we are right now is the perfect person we need to accept and love to allow evolution into the next moment’s edition of our perfect self.
It begins with the knowing that I am God’s child, a most beloved child, whose every need is mapped out in the intricacy of the grand scheme of things ordered by God’s unconditional love for every being. A spring of comfort and loving security pours forth from every heart that sincerely contemplates on God’s unconditional love and His universe’s unfailing nurturing.
It is as if God loves each one like there is no other.
In accepting who and what I am, in being unconditionally loving and forgiving of myself, I see a beneficent universe arise to meet me every moment. In turn, an outpouring of gratitude, joy, peace and contentment. Unconditional love of others becomes possible.
When I forget to accept and be grateful for all that God has given, I forget to be what I truly am---loving. I forget joy. I look for something else, a something else that can only be found in a future time that may never come.
The kingdom of God is within.
I shall then seek His kingdom within, to fulfill His will on earth, as it is fulfilled in heaven. In fulfilling, miracles abound, all around. Nothing is asked, everything is given. Joy arrives with the fulfillment of His glory. His glory is our joy.
Our passion is our soul’s desire to fulfill God’s kingdom within.
Love is its own joy. Joy is its own peace, contentment.
Loving no longer entails sacrifice; loving merely seeks its own fulfillment.
Loving grows on its own momentum, self finding Self.
God’s kingdom within.
“And you will understand that it is you who are children of the living father.”