And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth
when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God
and you yourselves cast out.
Today’s reading from Luke Chapter 13 holds our future in its words. One of the things that I believe we, as Christians, strive to do is to follow Christ, through every word and deed. We read our bibles, we talk the good talk to those around us, we get involved in our bible studies and attend our retreats, and then we go home. But what are we going home to do? Is it to fall back into the same grind that we had before we involved ourselves in all that preparation and good-deedery? How many weeks, days, or hours before all the good that we have just read, experienced or done washes away into the reality of life? Many of us have had the retreat experience of leaving at the top of the mountain, having felt Christ’s presence, but as days passed, we found ourselves coming back down – down to the reality of life and the pressures it can present, and that can make us feel as if we are being pulled away from Him once again.
I believe that the Lord wants us all! I believe that he can work through us to maintain the goodness that he wants us to have, and then wants us to share that goodness and love with those around us. But are we committed to doing His will in all things, and then to continue that practice of following His ways so we may attain entry through that narrow door.
It isn’t enough to know God, but we must be Christ to others in all things and at all times.
For behold, some are last who will be first,
and some are first who will be last.”
Patty Masson supports the Passionists from Spring, Texas.