March 3, 2019

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Many of us want to live disease-free
but few of us want to live a healthy life.
Many of us want to be free of evil
but few of us want to be holy.

Even if you do not yet have your heart set on heaven and the life of holiness, you may be interested in a relationship with the Lord. Beware. Don’t expect that to be good enough.

Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to him who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. With them indeed is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah which says:

‘You shall indeed hear but never understand,
and you shall indeed see but never perceive.
For this people’s heart has grown dull,
and their ears are heavy of hearing,
and their eyes they have closed,
lest they should perceive with their eyes,
and hear with their ears,
and understand with their heart,
and turn for me to heal them.’

But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. Truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

Matthew 13,10-17

Love the Lord with your whole heart and He will reveal Himself to you. In the meantime, be interested, be fascinated. Read the Gospels to hear His words and witness His works. Your heart might not long for Him because you never saw His glory.

To those who do not love Him fiercely, the angel of God will say “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing; not knowing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked” (Rev 3,15-17).

May God bless us every one!

Fr. Christopher J. Pollard
p.s. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Heb 13,8)