“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.” Luke 13:29
For whom does the kingdom of God belong? Much to surprise of Jesus’ audience, the kingdom of God is a possibility for all. But it does not come easily, or through heritage of our parents or grandparents.
The kingdom of God requires a struggle. Jesus said, “Strive to enter through the narrow door, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.” (Luke 13:24)
As we celebrate Easter, and the 100,000+ people in our country who were initiated into the Catholic Church last night through the waters of Baptism, it is important to reflect that their journey is not finished with their commitment to faith last night. It is their beginning in the life-long struggle to live day by day for Christ. The Christian way is a choice to keep climbing the mountain peak that will not be reached in this life. We cannot ever assume “we’ve arrived”. We cannot sit on our laurels. We must daily lay aside all of our efforts of yesterday (or last night), and continue today with new zeal as though just beginning like the newly baptized on the way to heaven.
Let us too strive to live as true disciples of the Resurrected Lord! Let us thank the Lord Jesus today, by going to Mass, and ask for help to “be strong enough” to reach our heavenly home by our constant effort and God’s grace.
May God bless you!