February 16, 2014
(Sixth Sunday Ordinary Time A)
Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place.” Mt 5:17-37
Funny, just yesterday (Friday) I had a young couple come to visit. They were Jehovah’s Witnesses. We don’t get very many visitors, living out here in the “country.” So it was a welcome event to have a couple of sweet, smiling faces come to say Hi. Yet, their presentation was a bit skewed. They asked me if I thought the world would ever come to an end. And I answered, “Yeah, I’m sure that someday it will – all material things will eventually come to an end.”
And then they proceeded to prove me wrong by quoting Jesus’ Beatitude that says “the meek shall inherit the land” and a Psalm that says that they shall live in the land “forever” – thus the earth will never pass away. Hmmm, “nice way to make new friends,” I thought. Problem is, if you’re going to take every little phrase from the Bible literally – you can become very confused and very wrong about a lot of things!
And then ironically, (and in the back of my mind I was thinking exactly of this quote of Jesus’, yesterday) Jesus says – “until heaven and earth pass away.” Well I didn’t want to start an argument, so we left it at that, and departed peacefully, and with God’s blessing.
The bottom line is – does it really matter when or if the world ends! We’re all going to physically die someday anyway. The bottom line is – we’re all going to live eternally as well. And we believe that this physical life is our preparation (one might say, our test) as to how that eternal life continues. Do we want it to continue with God or not. We have the choice in this life to make that decision. And God gave us that “free will.”
Jesus says – it’s very important to follow the rules of morality, to follow the laws of God, down to the last letter – IF we want our eternal lives to be with Him. Because separation from Him is very COLD and very HARD. And we learn about cold and hard all too much in this physical life.
There are many denominations and faiths that say they believe in and follow Jesus. They all have some little piece of the big picture – and that’s wonderful! I don’t think that Jesus would have wanted 600 little churches that all believed something a little different from one another. When we can come to realize this, and then go all the way back to the first disciples, the Apostles, and the very beginning of Jesus’ Church, then we’ll come to find that we really are ALL One Body of Christ. And we really should come together and start acting it. The question is, do we want just a little piece – or do we want it ALL?
May our Loving God bless you always, beloved!
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