One of the things that strikes you about the parables of Jesus is his emphasis upon vigilance, being watchful for the coming kingdom.

I've written about this before, how the kingdom comes via perception. The kingdom of God is near, always at hand, if we could see it.

Jesus's call to watchfulness and vigilance makes a similar point. The kingdom comes upon us unexpectedly, unannounced, and without warning. Consequently, we have to be attentive and alert.

In my life, I've come to think that spiritual practice is maintaining this posture of watchfulness throughout the day. Spiritual practice is cultivating the perceptual capacity to the discern the kingdom that is near and at hand.

Where is the kingdom, right here and right now?

Be alert. Watch. Attend.

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