When Jesus says, as he does in Luke’s gospel, that the realm of God is within us and among us, he’s saying that heaven – which is simply another name for the realm of God – is already here. It’s not “out there” waiting for us if we’re only good enough. It’s already here, and we’re already accepting heaven or refusing heaven by the way we live now. God’s way has to be our way, now, if it’s ever to be our way at all.

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