Daily Inspirations

Daily Inspirations

Friday, March 24

Óscar Arnulfo Romero

You are not far from the Kingdom of God.
—MARK 12:34

Over a decade ago when I became Catholic, I felt like God lived at St. Gregory’s church. I’d walk my dog and look up the street, trying to catch a glimpse of its red bricks, imagining God flickering in the sanctuary candle. Earlier, when I was little, I felt like God lived in the trees. Both times it was a sense that God was not far, just up the block or above our heads. But today Jesus tells a scribe he’s not far from the kingdom because he’s understood the centrality of loving God and loving your neighbor. In other words, the kingdom is present wherever love brings what is inside us into communion with what lies beyond. So if only I could hold these things together—my heart, the trees, the church—I think I would not be far indeed.

Hosea 14:2–10
Psalm 81:6c–8a,8bc–9,10–11ab,14 and 17
Mark 12:28–34

Daily Inspirations are excerpted from 2017: A Book of Grace-Filled Days by Amy Andrews ©2016 Loyola Press. All Rights Reserved.

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