Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The infinite demand placed upon our lives by the kingdom of heaven reveals that discipleship is costly and that we therefore should not be searching for cheap grace, rather than for lethargy, the good news of the coming kingdom is a call for responsibility and a righteous way of life. Hence, we should not let sin exercise dominion in our mortal bodies, to make us obey its idolatrous rhythm, but accept the baptism into the death of Christ so we too might walk in the newness of life, which is a motion permeated by self emptying love.

The proclamation of the kingdom of heaven is thus a call to a newness of life; a walk with a new rhythm, guided by a prophetic desire and a new vision. In contrast to the individualistic consumerism preached by the priests of our present day culture, the life of faith is subversive and therefore challenges the commonsensical in favour of a view that looks for impossible possibilities beneath the face of the deep.

If we do not have love, we are simply noisy gongs or clanging cymbals, because love is what creates impossible possibilities; love is what makes it possible to see beneath the surface. The proclamation that the kingdom of heaven is at hand therefore challenge the view that we should consume the world as it is in order to reach satisfaction. The kingdom of heaven is the kingdom of love and love is what moves us deeper into the infinite depth of the relationships we already have and unveils a hope for a future where all things are made new.

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