A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
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August 20, 2016
Can you imagine approaching the Master’s house, God’s house, only to have him greet you with “I do not know where you are from?” Doesn’t God know all of his people? After all, he made each and every one of us. So how could it be? God indeed knows us. He created each one of us and loves us unconditionally. In that divine love, he granted each of us freedom, freedom to choose how
we will live our lives. What a gift! But for some it could also be a curse; it could be that the freedom we are given would be lived in such a way as to hinder our becoming one with God for eternity.
In Luke’s Gospel today we heard that the Master, in the presence of our ancestors in faith; Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, told many that he did not know them and he cast them away as evildoers. Interesting that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were there at what we understand as the “heavenly gates.” In their presence we witness three generations of the family of God who at times struggled in life, doubted God’s plan for them, wondered if God was with them and yet they choose to use the precious gift of freedom to remain faithful even though they were free to do otherwise. It was their faithfulness that gifted them with the love, forgiveness and mercy of God securing for them a place at the heavenly banquet and eternal life with God.
I cannot imagine the anguish of God saying to me, I do not know where you are from. We must, as baptized Christians, be committed to living the sacred gift of freedom. in such a way that God’s arms will be open wide upon our approaching. We must be in constant communication with God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, that we might grow in love together – that God will know us heart and soul – that he will know exactly where we are from! Let us pray for the strength to make right decisions, to live in love with God and his people. Let us put to work that gift of freedom in such a way that it will ensure God knowing our desire to be with him forever. The choice is ours. We need only make it and live it.