How Much Is Enough?
I’ve got some great news for some of you: Jesus Christ doesn’t care what name you bear. He doesn’t care where you were born, and he doesn’t care what your family tree looks like. He doesn’t care where you grew up or where you went to school.
I’ve also got some bad news for some of you: See above.
It’s so easy to take our salvation for granted. The mercy of God makes it so. Look at John the Baptist — he was pouring water on everybody who wanted it. Everybody but one group: those who expected it. Those who thought it was a given because of who they were, because of what they were. Those who had no intention of doing the work of repentance.
Sometimes, because God is so faithful, we make the mistake of forgetting that He is also just.
I am baptized, we think. I made my First Communion, and I was Confirmed. That’s enough.
I went to Catholic school. I know all the Ten Commandments and I can tell you anything you want to know about the Popes. That’s enough.
I’m on parish council. I put money in the basket, and I volunteer. That’s enough.
None of it is enough. It would never be enough. And before we look upon the Pharisees and Sadducees with too much judgment, we need to remember: the work of repentance is ongoing. It is a process that we must commit to within ourselves, continuously.
God is the missing element to this equation. He is the one who raises children to Abraham from the stones. If we rely only on our own abilities, our own merits, our own offerings, it will never be enough.
— Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS