Monthly Letter

From the Vicarage

At the end of September Menston hosted ‘Echoes of War’ to remember those who died in WW1, and in November we will remember again on Remembrance Sunday. It is essential that we recognise the effect on us all of what has come before. We are never cut loose of our history but are shaped, and in this case, given the freedom we enjoy, by it.

However, remembering also gives us the chance to take stock and to look forward and dream of what our future could be. Whereas the past is set, CS Lewis once wrote about the fact that choices made in the present limit the infinite possibilities that the future holds. Therefore, each and every moment, we stand on the threshold of new potential and new direction. What we do, or don’t do now, creates or destroys possibilities for the future.

From this perspective, Jesus’ talk of the Kingdom of Heaven is really important. Every heartbeat, every action, word and thought, can bring that Kingdom nearer. This may sound grand and unbelievable, but consider Matthew 13:44:

‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.’

The Kingdom of Heaven is a future we can dream and also a present reality we can experience in a more limited way. We look at our world and we see that God’s perfect creation is still far off, and yet, because of Jesus and the power of God which lives in us, the Kingdom is also close by. But the Kingdom of Heaven is also something that we help bring about, every moment of every day. In an amazing way, it is for us to choose, to imagine and to drive towards.

It is a future that we might wish for but also one we must work for. The man who found the treasure sold all he had to obtain it; just as we joyfully, with the help of God, give all of ourselves to bring God’s Kingdom about.

As we stand at the threshold of the future, with all the potential that it contains, let us never limit the Kingdom of Heaven in what we do or say. Instead let us be those who give everything to be part of God’s Kingdom; to imagine a heavenly future and with God’s help bring it into the present.






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