pic for rgbp.postAfter reading the kin-dom stories found in this week’s text around 7 times this morning I can’t help but wonder if Jesus is expounding on the “on earth as it is in heaven” portion of the prayer he teaches his disciples in Chapter 6…?

The story about the “good” and the “bad” dwelling together sounds like everyday life on earth to me.

The story about big and wonderful things coming from small and unexpected sources sounds like what we witness here on earth – when we are paying attention.

The story about adding what is needed – our own gifts and magic – to help things grow and become as they can and should – sounds like what we preach to our folx on a regular basis.

What comes up for you in these parables when you consider “on earth as it is in heaven”?

What lessons are there for those working tirelessly to bring about the kin-dom – only to have evil working just as hard and persistent? What is the message of hope that doesn’t rely on “it will be better in the by and by” or theology that teaches “God will handle it later”?

Looking forward to reading your thoughts in the comments.


Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagán-Banks (she/her/hers/ella) is a queer womanist freedom fighter, minister, spiritual entrepreneur, teacher, and life-long learner committed to the liberation of colonized peoples, centering the marginalized, building power and creating community. She lives in Chicago with her spouse and their teenage son (pray for us) and has two adult daughters and eight grandchildren (!—please keep praying ;)) Dr. Pagán-Banks currently serves as executive director of A Just Harvest, pastor at San Lucas UCC and Namasté UCC, and adjunct professor at McCormick Theological Seminary.


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One thought on “Narrative Lectionary: On Earth as it is in Heaven

  1. I have expanded the reading a little, Matthew 13: 1-3a, 24-52. The phrase ‘the Kingdom of heaven is like’ appears 6 times, each with a different image. i am wondering about a collage of images/ideas about the Kingdom of God.

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