Obtaining The Kingdom Of Heaven Is Like Sucking On A Piece Of Hard Candy

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In my childhood, we had certain sweets that were hard on the outside containing a pleasurable soft goo at the centre. You’d suck on the sweet and then all of a sudden find your way to the centre. Your heart leapt for joy. For as long as the soft chocolate lasted there remained this sense of Euphoria.

This is what obtaining the Kingdom of Heaven is like, the only difference being the soft stuff at the centre is yours for eternity. There’s a laborious task in sucking the sweet down to the pleasurable centre. By the time we got there, our jawbone and mouth would be tingling with pain. The same is true of heaven. Heaven is not easy to get to. Sweet and hard as life may be, there is much labour to be had in reaching our final goal.

By the time we are finished sucking the best out of this life and labour in our love of Christ, we reach He who is at the centre of all of it, That’s Heaven. I am also not talking about the end of life either, you know? Heaven can be experienced here too. But for this to take place we must work at it by attending liturgy, praying, fasting, practising the virtues and performing good deeds. All of that is tiring work but there’s a sweetness to the labour also. For even though the hard piece of candy puts a strain on the muscles of our jaw and mouth, likewise its sweet taste is what keeps us going until we reach the goal of obtaining the pleasure that awaits us, right?

It is the same with life in the Church. It’s not easy but there’s a delectable experience to the work involved that urges us to keep going. There is the pain and sorrow mingled with the joy of knowing that at the end of it all there’s something that supersedes all we currently experience. I often say this to people who are finding prayer difficult. Keep going. . . keeping toiling away because although it’s painful to sit and repeat, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me the sinner” 100 times, eventually, the Kingdom of Heaven will come to you.

I thought of this post today as I ate some sweets.

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Psalm:34:8

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