Today’s set of Scripture readings have an almost endless list of notable quotes,
and it really is best today to read all of it in context. But we’ll list a few of them here:
St. Paul wrote to the Church in Rome:
“Brothers and sisters: The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes
with inexpressible groanings.” Rom 8:26-30
Paul continued, “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” (same ref.)
And we are all “called.”
The question is, are we listening?
Then in answer to a question by one of the “crowd” of His followers, about WHO
will be saved, Jesus said: “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many,
I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.” Lk 13:22-30
I always thought this was such a scary proposition.
How DO I find that narrow gate? Am I strong enough?
Am I one of those chosen ones?
What about my dearest friends and relatives???
Jesus went on to say: “After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door,
then will you stand outside knocking and saying, ‘Lord, open the door for us.’
He will say to you in reply, ‘I do not know where you are from.’ And you will say,
‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’
Then he will say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from.
Depart from me, all you evildoers!’” (same Luke ref.)
Harsh words! But said to people who continually questioned and
were never satisfied with the answers – even visible miracles!
Know anyone like that, beloved?
Now, I’m a scientist myself. And I ask many questions.
And I like proof, methodology, concrete answers.
But I’ve learned with age, that there are many things that we
cannot yet definitively prove: the age of the universe,
the size of the universe, the origin of mankind,
the ultimate unified force.
Yes, we have lots of theories. Ideas that have put people’s
names in books and on plaques. But in the blink of an eye,
someone else refutes their ideas, or our technology
proves something new to be closer to the truth . . .
The TRUTH we are so desperately seeking.
And the true question is:
“Where are WE coming from?“
IF we’re coming from a self-centered idealism that rejects
the presence of the Spirit within, that rejects the FACT
that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, is the second Person of
the Holy Trinity who died and rose for US, then we will never ever
find that truth that we seek. For God Himself IS
that Truth! The ultimate answer.
You see, beloved, Jesus wasn’t speaking to you and I when
he described that narrow gate and the shut door.
For we are already down that road and half way through that door!
For God our Father, Jesus our brother
and the Holy Spirit our guide
is already in our hearts.
We have answered the call to BELIEVE.
And with that belief – we have found the TRUTH.
Eternal Life – in Jesus Christ
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