Young children question the “why” of reality. They question and their imaginations supersede logical thought. Their most clear learning seems to come from images and stories. Jesus comments that unless we become like children, we will not enter the kingdom. It makes us ponder the analogy. What is the role of questioning and imagination in seeking the “kingdom”. Perhaps through questioning the why of reality and imagining alternate realities, we can recapture the curiosity of childhood. Why is there war? Why is there greed? Why is there hatred? Why are people suffering? What is the cause of poverty? Why do we tolerate corruption in leadership? Why is there inequality? Does it have to be like this? These are questions of conscience and moral decisions. As children persevere in their questioning until they are satisfied, so should we. The kingdom of God is based in love and justice and we are called persevere until we find answers that lead us toward a just response.
Creator God, open the intuitive eyes of my imagination to see injustices and alternate possibilities. Give me the courage to join with others who seek to effect them.
Listen attentively to the stories that people share with you during the day. What have you learned that gives insight into the lives of others?
Let no one have contempt for your youth,
but set an example for those who believe,
in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity.
Until I arrive, attend to the reading, exhortation, and teaching.
Do not neglect the gift you have,
which was conferred on you through the prophetic word
with the imposition of hands
Be diligent in these matters, be absorbed in them,
so that your progress may be evident to everyone.
Attend to yourself and to your teaching;
persevere in both tasks,
for by doing so you will save
both yourself and those who listen to you.
Amen I say to whoever
does not accept the kingdom
of God like a child will not enter it.
Mark 10: 13- 15
Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.
All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.
Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.
George Bernard Shaw
Everything you can imagine is real.
Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything Godlike about God it is that. God dared to imagine everything.
Doing is a quantum leap from imagining.
The biggest obstacle for creating a culture of peace is that most people won’t let themselves even think about peace on earth.
Robert Alan Silverstein
When we are dreaming alone it is only a dream. When we are dreaming with others, it is the beginning of reality.
Archbishop Helder Camara
Imagine, Connect, Act.
Some men see things as they are and say, “Why?” I dream of things that never were and say, “Why not?”
Robert F. Kennedy
You must believe that you can help bring about a better world.
Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.