This morning at Mass the priest talked about parables, particularly the ones in which You compared the reign of God to something like leaven or a mustard seed. He then challenged us to exercise our imaginations and create our own parables about the reign of God.
So, here goes: The reign of God is like one identical twin separated for life from his counterpart. He knows of his existence through others and he knows him through himself since they are from the one same source. The fact that he remains forever out of reach, even at those times when his search seems to be bringing him closer, does not deter him from searching. To whatever corner of the world he travels seeking his twin, he remains one step behind. It is just so in his descents into the inner world, for he knows him as he knows himself. Even though he is a root connection to his own existence, he cannot quite catch up to him. Now the interesting thing is that the second twin is likewise obsessed with finding his brother. But for all the efforts by each of them, neither remains still enough long enough for the other to catch up.
And again, in another sense, the reign of God is like music. We are often delighted, excited, soothed and entranced by music. We connect with it in a way we connect with nothing else. It has a spiritual quality of grace and the power to move us without words. It comes through our sense of hearing and speaks a universal language. It sometimes unwittingly draws us in and it has an uncanny knack for annihilating time and place. It draws us to itself in ways we do not fully understand and it lifts our spirits and molds our feelings. It manifests itself to us in many forms – some more appealing to us than others. Even when we try to shut it out, it remains with us and surfaces in unconscious humming or whistling.
And again, the reign of God is like electricity. It is always there but we pay little attention to it until it is removed. It is something without which our lives would be evermore difficult but which we take for granted without much consideration. It “energizes” our lives even when we pay it no heed. The removal of electricity negatively affects the overall evolution of man as would the removal of the reign of God.
In the alter-ego of an absent twin we search for who we are just as in the context of the reign of God we seek our identity. In the mystical allure of music we transcend the common language around us just as with the reign of God we transcend the mundane. And the energizing charge of electricity is like the special graces of the reign of God lifting us up in our day-to-day existence.