Sunday, August 21, 2016

TODAY'S GOSPEL

 Luke 13:22-30

Jesus passed through towns and villages,teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him,“Lord, will only a few people be saved?” He answered them,  “Strive to enter through the narrow gate,for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough. 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!’ 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. And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God. For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

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Reading the first few lines of the Gospel according to Luke gives me the visual image of a huge crowd in the wee hours of the morning waiting for Wal-Mart to open it's doors for Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. They push and shove, people fall down and people step on or over them. The rush is like herding a bunch of hungry cattle into the feed lot. Everyone wants to get there "first".

When Jesus comes for his flock before the Tribulation, it will be much the same. Those who have not given any thought to him, or the very least thought, will run over those who have remained faithful to Jesus in the daily lives. They will be squeezed out by those who know they do not belong, but are hungry to be allowed into heaven.

But those who are first are going to be the last. Because Jesus is going to push them aside until he gets to the last, the people who have loved and worshipped him, those who attained their salvation and therefore, deserve to be among the first to enter heaven. Afterward, the ones who trampled over the righteous will be judged one by one and the great multitude will be thrown back to endure the promise of Armageddon.

If you will examine your heart and conscience, and if you find that you have been a "slacker" in your faith, right now is the perfect time for you to turn your eyes and hearts heavenward. If you do not, woe be unto you!I look for Jesus every day. 

I don't know when he is coming, but I feel it is sooner than later. I want to be conscious of his coming, and I want to be in the last, because then I will be in the first.

Lovingly in Jesus Christ,
ABBEY

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