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The Kingdom of God is Like... [Paperback]

O.C.S.O. Thomas Keating
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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Co ,U.S. (15 July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824516591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824516598
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 13.5 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,685,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars great 2 Dec 2012
By clara
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all was without any problem, the book arrived on time and the condiccion of the book were well. a very goog service
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always Close at Hand 23 Sep 2013
By Mike DePue, OFS - Published on Amazon.com
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"There is no place to go to find the kingdom because it is always close at hand. We do not need to look for success because the kingdom is equally present in failure." Keating isn't applauding failure and denigrating success and the aspiration to achieve success; he's recognizing that success can be elusive and ephemeral. I'm reminded of the late Will Campbell's dictum: "We're all bastards, but God loves us anyway."

This is illustrated in Keating's treatment of the parable of the workmen in the vineyard (sometimes called by the late Andrew Greeley and others The Parable of the Crazy Farmer). "At the eleventh hour [the vineyard owner] went out again and found a few idlers who had been hanging around all day... So they stumbled into the vineyard, picked a grape or two, and then it was time to quit... This parable raises questions about the standard of justice in the kingdom of God. Shouldn't those who worked more hours have been given more? Evidently, entry into the kingdom is not a question of merit." Keating goes on to say: "Respectable folks in general do not like this parable... The bottom line of this teaching is that the kingdom is not based on human standards of justice and equity, but on the infinite mercy of God... respond[ing] to the desperate state of the human condition."

Equally striking is Keating's treatment of the parable of the lost coin. "Jesus again juxtaposes the grandiose expectations in the popular mind regarding how the kingdom is expected to appear in our lives, and how it actually appears. The woman finally finds the coin of modest value... She did not win the state lottery. Jesus undermines grandiose expectations of all kinds. For one reason: they are not likley to happen... The kingdom of God is active in failure, ordinariness, everydayness... According to Jesus, God is in total solidarity with ordinary daily life with its poignant failures in the spiritual journey as well as in everything else."

Twenty parables are approached in this book from a contemplative perspective, as well as three Advent scripture passages. Readers will come away both challenged and enriched.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for group study 11 Nov 2009
By Thomas L. Evans - Published on Amazon.com
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The parables of Jesus are difficult to understand but important to study and consider from every angle. Keating gives a guide to how these passages affect our lives today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Parables like you never understood them 24 Nov 2013
By mamahobbit - Published on Amazon.com
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Great meditation on the parables of Jesus- background that really enhances our understanding! Couldn't beat the $.01 price for this used book, either!
4.0 out of 5 stars Written earlier in Fr Keating's career 27 April 2014
By alabamareder - Published on Amazon.com
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Nice book to have. I read it, but noticed it was not like many of his later writings in his philosophy.
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever useful stories for life 15 April 2014
By Eldon Reiboldt - Published on Amazon.com
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Keating writes for lay people who could not be expected to read Scott's writing, the foundation for
Keating's book. These parables, with insights by Keating, explain what it means to hear
Gospel in the culture in which parables were told, with growth and application for the
use of parables by the reader.

Used the parable of "the old, dead tree" in conjunction with the Jesus Prayer and use of
the words "about the size of a mustard seed" to respond to how to respond to insults.
When finished the adult Sunday school group, of about 80 people, instantly responded loudly, in unison, with
"plant seeds," Stunning it was to see the rapid response.

Used the paraple of "yeast in bread" in a conversation among golfers at lunch who
were analyzing a taco salad shell. Explained how applicable was the parable of
anciently derived yeast (old smelly stuff emerging from smelly, damp placements)
in bread was a real change of expectations to the then hearers of the parable.
Then gave Keating's insight that Kingdom goes to where there is corruption.

Used Keating's book in conjunction with Allen's book "Shame" and the Jesus Prayer
to respond to insults. When finished, a group of about 80 people in an
adult Sunday school class responded instantly with "plant seeds."
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