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What are we waiting for now?

What are we waiting for now?

So where are we now – the end of 2009 – Jesus said

"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near."

But in 2009 do we believe or feel or act as if the kingdom of heaven is truly near?

Between the headlines and daily life – where is the kingdom of heaven?

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'The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, "Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?" He answered, "An enemy has done this." The slaves said to him, "Then do you want us to go and gather them?" But he replied, “No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. 30Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.” '

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The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.’

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‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

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The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.’

So now we’re going to have another 15 minutes of silence – and there are two questions you might like to think about during that time

What is it I am really waiting for?

How do I need to live now for hope of the kingdom of heaven to come near?

At some point in the 15 minutes you might like to come to the middle and light a candle to hold as a sign of your desire to live in light rather than darkness.

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