Jesus lovingly invites us to live according to the high standards of the Christian ideal. Not, rather, according to the confused, directionless and constantly changing winds of contemporary secular culture.
Death will arrive in the blink of an eye. At that moment, the order in which we have maintained our house, or the disarray we have intentionally permitted, will be confirmed for eternity. The Son of Man will require an account of our deeds and words.
When Christ began his ministry he announced: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Mt 3:2, Mk 1:15). Our Lord’s words connect the necessity of repentance with obtaining the promise of unending happiness and joy found in God alone and life in his kingdom.
We live in a nation where religious freedom is a reality, but are the benefits of this freedom adequately understood? Further, is this freedom used correctly?