......is not in the sky. Of that we can be sure! It is here, with us now, even when we don't tend to notice it. At least that is part of the message in Jesus' parables in this Sunday's lesson from Matthew. The surprise of the "kingdom" that Jesus talks about gives me hope as we hear about war in the Mideast, planes shot down over the Ukraine, and refugee children desperate to leave their homes and come to this land, no matter what. Political experts talk on and on about what to do but no single answer seems to offer a real possibility of peace and hope.