Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Eckhart: the presence of the Kingdom

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
    Feast of Oswald, King of Northumbria, Martyr, 642
    Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.”
    —Luke 17:20-21 (NIV)
    God’s Kingdom is no small thing: we may survey in imagination all the worlds of God’s creation, but they are not God’s Kingdom. In whichever soul His Kingdom appeareth, and which knoweth God’s Kingdom, that soul needeth no human preaching or instruction; it is taught from within and assured of eternal life.
    ... Meister Eckhart (1260?-1327?), Meister Eckhart’s Sermons, tr., Claud Field, H. R. Allenson, London, 1909, p. 20 (see the book)
    See also Luke 17:20-21; Jer. 31:33-34; Matt. 12:28; John 16:13; 18:36; Rom. 14:17-18; Col. 1:27
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your Spirit testifies within me to the Kingdom.
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