July 30, 2015
(St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus said to the disciples: “The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.” Mt 13:47-53
Kind of a scary thought. Makes us wonder, “What kind of fish am I?” Funny, how we try our very best to “be good” and yet, it doesn’t come close to the Goodness we imagine God wants from us. Who am I angry at? Who am I jealous of? Why is there this restlessness, this lack of confidence, this armed wall of protection around me, ready to annihilate the next invader, instead of compassionately welcoming and forgiving all?
I think “letting go,” doesn’t mean giving up. And if keeping our sanity means a little self-protection, and that puts us in the “wicked” and “bad” categories of God’s judgment – then I guess we’d better get those fireproof suits and mouth-guards ready, beloved. I would think that would make the inhabitants of God’s kingdom pretty sparse in number. Don’t think that’s the case though. Jesus gave us a lot of examples of good vs bad behavior. And when He was threatened by murderous mobs (until His time was ready) He often just slipped away, as His own protection measure.
So don’t give up beloved. Don’t give up on yourself. And don’t give up on God. And always remember to call on the Lord for help. He will love us to the very end – and that we can count on!
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