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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Holy Stress

 Jesus said to the crowd:
 “No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light.

"For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.

"Take care, then, how you hear.

"To anyone who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he seems to have will be taken away.”

The Gospel According To Saint Luke [8:16-18]

When Our Lord Jesus chose His Twelve Apostles for the mission of preaching His Gospel, Our Lord told them frankly, that the twelve of them must go into the world to make people face life; To compel people to make decisions about themselves and about the world they live in. The Apostles are to make people look at their values.

The Lord Jesus also told the Apostles to live in poverty – to take nothing for the journey. This poverty gave them more authority to speak. Their lack of money made them totally dependent on God – making it easier for God’s Word to speak through them.

So, Our Lord Jesus basically told His Apostles to push people a little, stress them; to confront them, to require them to make choices that are in line with the Gospel. 

The Apostles were also sent to preach repentance. And that means, not just feeling sorrow for sins, but putting one's whole life in order. And to do that, you and I must interrogate ourselves, ask ourselves:

  • What do I want my life to be like? 
  • What basic life-decision do I have to make about: 
  • My career? My job? 
  • My relationship with my family? 
  • About the upbringing of my children? 

Our Lord Jesus often demanded of people that they make choices like that. He said: 

  • "The one who is not with Me is against Me" [Luke 11:23]
  • "It is either God or Mammon" [Matthew 6:19-21,24]
  • "If you wish to follow Me you must deny your self and take up the cross" [Matthew 16:24].
A choice must be made.

If we have not felt the stress of making that choice lately, then we have been avoiding the Lord.

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