A Christian who went to study Zen in Japan met a Zen master who asked her what was moving in her spiritual life.
“I dwell a lot recently on the idea of the Kindom of God,” she replied.
Instantly the Zen master said, “Show me the Kindom of God!”
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PONDER AND CONSIDER
- You get nowhere by telling a Zen master about your ideas.
- As it happens, the woman in our story went on to eventually become a Zen master, and she spent much of her time and energy in prison ministry – setting captives inwardly free.
- She is now through her daily deeds showing us the Kingom of God.
- And where do you stand? Are you perhaps still stuck in ideas or unstuck in some form of social engagement?
Please note that for me at this time in my evolution the ‘g’ in ‘kingdom’ is silent. Not pronounced. It’s really ‘kindom!’ ! The real purpose of God, I believe, is to build Kindom more than Kingdom. Kingdom is about hierarchies. Kindom is about all of us opening our eyes to see how everything and everyone is in fact a kin, a brother, a sister, a sibling. It is about building life-giving, relational connections: locally, globally and internationally … between different religions, faiths and denominations … between friends, strangers and enemies … between ourselves and those neighbours we never speak too … with all those who are different from us. It is also about forging some form of creative connection with our four legged, winged and finned creatures and the environment.