Build the Kingdom of Heaven in Your Hearts

“Dear children! Today I call you, together with me, to begin to build the Kingdom of Heaven in your hearts; that you may forget that what is personal and – led by the example of my Son – think what is of God. What does He desire of you? Do not permit satan to open the paths of earthly happiness, the paths without my Son. My children, they are false and last a short while. My Son exists. I offer you eternal happiness and peace and unity with my Son, with God; I offer you the Kingdom of God. Thank you.”  August 2, 2010

 Build the Kingdom of Heaven in your Hearts

 Today’s message has a very strong meaning for me in my own heart, as for us we are on the path of rebuilding and restoring our homestead.  My sister just sent me a note saying she has picked up a rock for me from the oldest church in Austria.  Seems I am collecting rocks from all over the world, to build from my cornerstone Jesus Christ.

 I recently heard a homily at holy mass, about entering into our interior garden within our hearts to go and meet the Lord.  That is to come naked before the Lord, just as I am as one who is poor in spirit.  The garden is where it all began isn’t it?  The Lord has been working on my interior garden, pulling roots of sin, cutting down dead trees that were not producing fruit for the Kingdom of Heaven, and He’s been replanting and restoring the garden with choice fruits, of holy virtues, and teaching me how to live these virtues in my every day life.

 Man is born to live.  We are born to live eternally with the Creator of all living beings.  But man in his sin has death in his heart.  Sin brings death into the world.  The Lord showed me this in my own life.  All the areas where death was manifested because of my sin. 

 All too often, we forget that we are going to die one day.  Many of us live our lives only for this world, I know I did.  Many of us are afraid to even think about the future that we are all destined to die.  There is no ifs and or buts about it…we will die.  Some sooner than later. 

 Satan wants our souls.  He will stop at nothing to overcome them.  You see, satan cannot create.  He only robs and steals from what belongs to God.  So he will lure us into believing that there is no hope for a future, that this is it.  He will lie to us and say life on earth is all you have-where is God now; and so on.  He uses mediums such as materialism, consumerism, relativism and all the “isms” you can think of.

Do we ever stop to think, ‘what does God desire for me?’  Jeremiah 29:11-14 the Lord said, “for I know well the plans I have in mind for you…plans to give you a future full of hope, not for woe, plans for your welfare.  When you call me, when you come to me with all your heart, I will hear you and answer your prayer…”  Isn’t this beautiful?  God has the plan for us.  He did not put us on this earth to abandon us.  He has a plan.  It is a plan full of hope for the future. 

 In the gospel of John 3:16 we hear that God so loved the world.  Hear this, GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD.  He did not come to condemn the world, but to save it.  God wants to save the world and bring it to salvation!  We heard earlier that satan wants to destroy the world and all that is good in you, and is deceiving with the things of the world.    

 Our Lady in today’s message is warning again of satan’s activity of luring human beings to the path of ‘earthly happiness.’  These are empty things and of no value.  Things of this world cannot buy happiness.  Things cannot buy peace in the heart.  They are material objects, and for some even idols.  Things cannot buy your salvation.  We become consumed and attached to things, and obsessed.  We possess things, we idolize things.  We become selfish with things.  We work ourselves to the grave for things and even start war over things.  But sadly end the end, we reach the grave to find out it was all in vain, and lose our soul in the mean time, because we did not prepare our soul for the eternal future with God.

 Jesus taught very clearly, man cannot serve two masters – God and money. (Matthew 6:24).  One will be hated.  If we choose money over God, then we have enmity with God in our heart and our heart is divided.

 Pope John Paul II taught us in a homily given on 3/1/87 (and in several other homilies given) about the dangers of Modern Secularism.  In brief he said,

 “So it is that Christ’s warning is also directed against the diverse forms of secularism typical of our day. To us, too, men and women of, today, Jesus says: “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other” ( Mt 6:24 ).

 Man cannot be divided. Man must let himself be guided in life by a clear hierarchy of values: he must seek “first” (!) the kingdom of God and his righteousness (cf. Mt 6:33). Otherwise, the interior order of the human heart is threatened.

 Every moral order must lay its foundations on the sure ground of a solid realism. It must be founded, that is, on reality, on that objective reality which recognizes God’s place, the first place owed to God, the Creator of all things. Where God’s place is denied, where man claims autonomy from the divine in the realm of the human, the fundamental basis of rights and duties is denied, and man falls into an insubordination of values which ends by doing him harm. Only the man who “first” seeks God, his kingdom and his righteousness, is conformed to “reality”, to what is just and what guarantees the greatest good of the person, of every person.

 If within himself man grants priority to “other gods “-to idols ancient or modern-he falls into the real danger of “despising” or “hating” God. In the history of mankind-from the very beginning of the Book of Genesis-this danger has existed and continues to manifest itself in various ways. The words of Christ thus have an unceasing timeliness.

 In speaking of this danger, today’s liturgy indicates, at the same time, with the words of the Apostle to the Gentiles, that to God belongs a judgment: the Lord will come, he “will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart” ( 1 Cor 4:5). In the end-the Apostle proclaims-neither men, nor even my conscience alone, but the Lord is my judge (cf. 1 Cor 4:3-4 ).

 Therefore, in the name of reality-and not only of the first and fundamental reality which is that of the creation, but in the name of that ultimate reality which is the divine judgment-let us seek first of all the righteousness which is tied to God’s rule over the world and eternity.

More than with the language of fear today’s liturgy seeks to speak with the language of trust in God, as does the whole of Scripture, the Gospel in particular. This is in fact demanded by the full truth of God, the authentic reality of God. This is said clearly by Isaiah in the first reading and recalled by the entire Responsorial Psalm; and we bear its clear echo above all in the words of Jesus in today’s Gospel.

 “Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.Are you not of more value than they?…Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow” ( Mt 6:26-28).

  Jesus invites us to trust in God, in divine Providence. Such trust evidences the “first place” of God in the human soul, the proof that he-the heavenly Father-is the one Lord that man serves with his whole heart, his undivided heart.

 If this trust reigns in man’s heart, he also discovers the appropriate degree of concern he must have for temporal things. In fact, Christ does not say “do not concern yourselves” but rather “do not be anxious”, that is, do not be concerned in such a way as to lose the correct scale of values. Do not be concerned in such a way as to forget God. Do not live as if God did not exist.”

 Our Lady desires to bring the Kingdom of God to your heart.  She desires that God is in the first place in your heart.  She desires your holiness and that you live a life of virtue. 

 Our Lady comes to the world on the 2nd of the month to pray in a special way for those who do not know the love of God, for human hearts to change and seek towards eternal life.

 Who are those who do not know the love of God?  It may be you.

 What part of your life do you not trust in God?

 Are you surrendered to God in everything, or are you like the rich man in the gospels who cannot give up his possessions or his lifestyle for the kingdom, because of being too attached? 

 Are you worried about what others will think of you, or are you trying to keep up an image of yourself that is not real? 

 Are you experiencing God’s love in your everyday prayer life?

 How can you love your cross if you are not experiencing the love of God?  Your cross may be living in your own home, your spouse, your children, or your work place.  How can you love those around you if you are not receiving love from divine love Himself?

 These are all questions we need to be asking ourselves.  God wants to reign and triumph over your hearts.  He wants to be alive in you.  He is knocking on the door of your heart.  Permit him to enter and change your heart towards the good.

 Do not say that you are good, and your neighbor is not.  That is the wrong way of thinking.  There is no one human being who is without sin.  Remove that beam from your own eye that is blinding your way of thinking.  Even to think in this way, is a heart filled with pride.  Jesus lowered himself, taking the form of a slave.  He Who is God lowered himself to show us how we should live with each other considering the other better than oneself.      

 We need a whole new way of thinking.  We need to put on Christ’s mind to live the Christian way.  This is absolutely contrary to the world.  But it is the path to the Kingdom of Heaven. 

 Take some time to reflect on the questions above, with the following scripture….Ephesians 4:20-25

 “That is not how you learned Christ, assuming that you have heard of him and were taught in him, as truth is in Jesus, that you should put away the old self of your former way of life, corrupted through deceitful desires, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created in God’s way in righteousness and holiness of truth.  Therefore, putting away falsehood, speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, for we are members one of another.”

 Prayer:

Blessed Mother we ask for your powerful intercession for us to usher into our hearts the Kingdom of Heaven.  Take us by the hand as your little children, and teach us where in our lives we do not seek God’s Kingdom in our hearts.  Our hearts are far from God and His plan for us, because we always seek to have our own plans, forgetting that God created us for good, and that He has plans for our future.  Dear Mother, lead us to Jesus your Son, who is Truth and true peace.  We ask this in the name of Jesus your Son, and our God, amen.

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