This sonnet came to me as I was working on this Sunday’s sermon. I’m not going to use it in my sermon, so I thought I’d share it here. It is inspired by the description of the kingdom of heaven offered by Jesus in Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52.
What the Kingdom of Heaven Is Like
The kingdom of heaven is not countless Angels singing, or saints worshiping so Serenely on bended knees in endless Adoration around a golden throne. Your kingdom, you said, is like mustard seed Planted, or yeast mixed with flour, a pearl Found and purchased, a net thrown in the sea Whose caught fish are sorted for the next world. Have you understood all these things? You asked. Yes, they boldly answered, without a thought. Hearing this, Lord, I imagine you laughed, For what kingdom could they have figured out? You kept walking, on your way to the cross, To the kingdom that none but you could grasp.