The kingdom of heaven is at hand and it places an infinite demand upon our lives; it calls us to freedom from the shackles of having our hearts turned upon themselves and towards a communal life permeated by love, even for our enemies, and thus to become an alternative community to the empires of this world. The weight of this demand discloses that the life of faith and discipleship is costly but it should not be seen as unattainable, rather it unveils the possibility of the impossible since it breaks open the finite world in which a genuine love for our enemies is impossible and introduces us to the infinite possibilities hidden beneath the face of the deep. This is, I believe, how God calls into existence the things that do not exist and it allows for us to hope against hope. Let anyone with ears listen!

Far too often has the Church lost its rhythm and been led astray by the imperial desire to lord it over people rather than to serve them. All too frequently have we failed to hear the voices of the excluded ones as an infinite demand upon our lives. The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and we said, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ He was hungry and we gave him no food, he was thirsty and we gave him nothing to drink, he was a stranger and we did not welcome him, naked and we did not give him clothing, sick and in prison and we did not visit him.

The kingdom is always at hand but it can never be possessed and we can never say; look, here it is, or there it is, and still it demands everything from us. So rather than becoming a possession of the Church, something that we can own or sell, the kingdom should be allowed to open up a space within our lives where the impossible becomes possible, where we hear the call and give up everything for the sake of the oppressed and the outcasts of this wretched world, where we serve the poor and clothe the naked, and where we love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.

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