Living in the Two Hearts

My Spiritual Insights and Musings

The Kingdom of God VS the kingdom of Man

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on August 5, 2010

This writing sets itself primarily in this past Sunday’s readings, beginning with Ecclesiastes, moving within the Gospel of Luke, chapt 12, and the Monthly Message for August, reaching into a private reflection, and then concluding with the reading from Colossians with a little bit more of a private reflection and the Monthly Message.

The reflection came after a gift of time before the Blessed Sacrament, and I am most certain, as I retype it into this Post, the impact will be felt in my life greatly.  Currently, a good friend of mine is facing a possible eviction, I am without employment – again – with large bills soon to hit me head on, and another Brother in Christ is experiencing similar testing- though his effects a much larger audience than all of us put together; and it seems as if the world is about to take A REALLY MAJOR TURN that’s not necessarily for the best.  I guess we’ll wait and see on that one.

To Begin: Ecclesiastes 1: 2-3; 2:21-23; Luke 12: 16-17, 18, 20; Monthly MessageAugust, 2010

2 Vanity of vanities… All is vanity! 3 What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?

16 And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’

21 because sometimes a man who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave all to be enjoyed by a man who did not toil for it.

18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods.’

20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’

This also is vanity and a great evil. 22 What has a man from all the toil and strain with which he toils beneath the sun? 23 For all his days are full of pain, and his work is a vexation; even in the night his mind does not rest. This also is vanity.

Personal Reflection: For the work of the rich man was only for himself and NOT for the Kingdom of Heaven.  When shall our work be NOT vanity?  When does our work become GLORIOUS?  ANSWER: When it is done for the Kingdom of God.

Be at peace in your work, dear apostles. Neither hurry, nor delay. Do not pause in your service to heaven, wherever that service has taken you. We move at a steady pace if we are together.

If you are working without Me, you may find yourself either hurrying or delaying. I do not hurry and I do not delay. Test yourself today. Determine your pace. If it is steady and you are calm, all is well. If your pace is hurried, and you are not calm, perhaps you have forgotten that it is My work you are doing, and not your own.

Personal Reflection: For when the human mind is NOT OCCUPIED with the concerns of the Kingdom of God, but instead is occupied with the concerns of man – something that is forever changing and passing away; it is little wonder that frustration and despair should set in when there is NOTHING for man to grasp at.

However, should we concern ourselves with the kingdom of Heaven, and those concerns that lie within, then we can quite readily take hold of MUCH.  None of the least of these being our own salvation.  Goodness and kindness are actions one can aspire to and obtain.  Love of neighbor as one self can give voice to LOVE for the poor and action in service to the poor.  Prayer for family and friends lead to the tangible actions of concern and care – as their souls and well being are the focus. Thus much is done for them such as lighting a candle, praying extra Rosaries, attending Daily Mass and offering their participation in the Sacrifice of the Mass for those needs and intentions of their family and friends.

When this is done, a steady climb is man’s assent to the Kingdom of God.  Never wavering is the path we must take.  Narrow to be sure – if for no other reason than to keep our mind always active and mindful of where we are and what we are doing.

Such are the concerns of those who focus on the Kingdom of God.  A Kingdom that WILL COME in which the Will of the Father SHALL BE DONE, on earth as it is [done] in Heaven.  Man’s kingdom is quickly passing away.

Colossians 3: 1-5, 9-11

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

If heaven has a goal to accomplish, heaven begins preparing early. Much of your service, My dear apostles, will be that of sowing seeds for future conversions.

Dearest apostles, so close to Me, can you accept this? Will you trust Me? Many people contribute to the construction of a building on earth. Think of all that happens before the building is erected. All of the materials must be created and fashioned and then assembled and there must be a plan. The people producing the materials may never see the building that is erected through their cooperation. It is this way with the Kingdom of God.

5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming.

If you have stopped working for heaven, because you are sad, frustrated or discouraged, then that is a sign that you need Me to renew you and restore your confidence in our togetherness. I speak to you of abandonment and I ask you to regard the outcome of your service as irrelevant in that you are not in control of the fruits of your day. Most days, you will not see the fruits. Most days, you will not be able to understand the fruits.

This is because My beloved friends have a limited understanding of heaven’s power and heaven’s patience.

9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature with its practices 10 and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all, and in all.

Personal Reflection continued… None may boast of being the clan to bear the likeness of Christ, for it was Christ who bore the likeness of Man.  It is Him who emptied Himself of His GODHEAD and became Man while remaining GOD.  No other can claim this for himself, so let no other BOAST of being the likeness of Christ and thus being above all others.  Only God has that privilege – only the Creator is above His creation.  For GOD IS ALL and IN ALL.  Only God – Creator – became His created in order to SAVE His creation with His own blood.

There are many hands at work in this world assembling materials for the construction of the edifice that the Father has willed for His Church on earth at this time. You are[my delight] my diligent workers who cheerfully stand forward to serve the King.

I thank you, dear friends. I urge you to trust, to patience and to lively participation in this plan, wherever I have placed you. Rejoice! Show others the happiness that comes with knowing you are loved and protected.

Recommended Reading/Viewing:

God Speaks…to me?
Time to Prepare
Weather

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