The Kingdom of heaven is like...
Over the summer we're going to be delving into some of the parables that Jesus told, as told to us in Matthew's gospel. Many of the parables in Matthew start with the words "The kingdom of heaven is like...", and Jesus goes on to describe a day-to-day situation, to show something of God's kingdom ('kingdom of heaven' in Matthew's way of saying 'kingdom of God').
Sometimes there's a twist to take the listeners by surprise such as when workers were paid the same however long they had worked. Sometimes Jesus was simply reflecting on how things are such as when he likened the kingdom to yeast. Either way, Jesus was describing how God's kingdom works - in completeness at the end of time, and also here and now when people are following Jesus. Jesus calls us to pray "Your kingdom come" and to think and act in 'kingdom ways'.
Jesus drew on well-known everyday situations from the lives of the people around him. Here's a challenge for you: What might Jesus say now, starting with the words "The kingdom of heaven is like..."?
Over the summer it would be great to hear your ideas - maybe you could write a short parable starting with those words, or make a short video, or record a song? What comes to your mind after the starting words The kingdom of heaven is like...? Where do you see God's will being done in life around you, or what twist would you give to a known story to illustrate what happens when God shows up?
I'm looking forward to seeing and hearing your ideas!