Gospel: Lk 7: 31-35
How long are we going to put off
obeying Christ, who calls us into his heavenly Kingdom? Aren't we going to
purify ourselves? Won't we resolve to forsake our customary way of life to
follow the Gospel radically?. We claim to want the Kingdom of God yet
without bothering to concern ourselves with the means of obtaining it.
What is more, in the conceitedness of our souls, without taking the least
trouble to obey the Lord's commandments, we think ourselves worthy to
receive the same reward as those who have resisted sin to the death! But how
could anyone sit and sleep at home at the time of sowing and then gather in
sheaves by the armful at harvest? Who has ever brought in the grapes without
having planted and tended the vine? Fruit is for those who have toiled;
rewards and crowns for those who have conquered. Has anyone ever crowned an
athlete who did not even strip to fight his opponent? And yet, not only must
we win but we must also "fight according to the rules", as the apostle Paul
says, that is to say according to the commandments we have been given.
God is good; but he is also just.: "The Lord loves justice and right" (Ps
32,5); that is why "Of kindness and judgement I will sing" (Ps 100,1). See
how wisely the Lord exercises kindness. He is not gracious without
consideration, nor does he judge without mercy, for "Gracious is the Lord
and just" (Ps 115,5). So don't underestimate God: his love for men should
not become a pretext for negligence on our part.