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Kingdom-of-Heaven Life -- RSVP

The gospel appointed for this Sundaystarts out reminding us that the life which God intends for us is Kingdom-of-Heaven life, a "God-love life."
Living a Kingdom-of-Heaven life does NOT mean having faith, while we live, in some future thing or place or experience called "heaven" that awaits us only after we die. It does NOT mean doing the best job we can while "down here," and only experiencing the qualities of heaven after our years here on earth are over.
Rather, living a Kingdom-of-Heaven life means having faith that the thing or place or experience called the Kingdom of Heaven is coming, God's will is being done, on earth (in our lives, here and now) as it is in heaven.
Modern-day puritans always seem to want to make God less over-the-top generous and joyful than God really is. But again, if we read the Bible ourselves and not just rely on what other people tell us about it, we'd find, as in Sunday's gospel, some rather astonishing t…