Jesus Eating With His Enemies
Many times we see someone and in our humanity may think of them so “unworthy of heaven.”
It may be because of a sin we see them committing?
It may be in our own self-righteousness, we are questioning their salvation?
Maybe in our own thought process we may be thinking, “How can God love that?”
It may be because we have lived a lifetime as a Christian. Trying to do what is right and good. Believing in God all of our lives.
Then one who has been evil all of their lives, on Tuesday they come to God, on Wednesday they die and we think, “There is no way he/she is in heaven. He/she lived a “Godly life” for one day, and there is no way God is going to accept that, after the forty-years of evil they have done?”
“That would just not be fair to me!”
In today’s Gospel readings we see Jesus saying something:
Jesus said to them, (chief priest and elders) “Amen I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you./When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him; but the tax collectors and prostitutes did.”
A lot of the time, we think it kind of unfair that we have walked this road with Christ all of our lives, then all someone has to do is repent of their sins at 70, believe in Christ, and they are going to be in heaven also.
They do this after truly living a life of hell, and making life hell for others.
Of course we never think of all the pit falls we have taken, on our journey with Christ.
We never think about how many chances He has given us, over and over again.
We never think about how many times we have nailed Him back on the Cross, by our own selfish needs and desires.
That is the problem, “we don’t think.”
Jesus loves us all from the worst of sinners to the most righteous one.
All the thief on the cross had to do was desire Jesus, and that very day he was “with Him in Paradise.”
When we view others of being so unworthy of heaven, what we are actually doing is placing limitations on God’s love and mercy, for the very children He created.
Lord, I know I have often thought of those “unworthy of heaven.” I realize in doing so, I am saying, “They are not worthy of your love, mercy, and forgiveness.”
How can I think this Lord, when it took the torture, murder, and death of Your Son, to make “ME” worthy?
When it took thousands of drops of His most Precious Blood, to cover every sin I have committed in my life.
When to look upon me Father, You have to look at me through the Eyes of the Cross.
Forgive me Lord, “For I am not worthy that You should enter unto my roof.”
God Bless, SR
The Lord said, “But if he turns from the wickedness he has committed, and does what is right and just, he shall preserve his life; since he has turned away from all the sins that he has committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.”
Taken from Mass readings Today