Thursday, August 2, 2018

“Life is short and if you're looking for extension, you had best do well. 'Cause there's good deeds and then there's good intentions. They are as far apart as Heaven and Hell.”

How well I have learned that there is no fence to sit on between heaven and hell. There is a deep, wide gulf, a chasm, and in that chasm is no place for any man. -  Johnny Cash: (1932 – 2003: was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author)

Gospel text:(MT 13:47-53)
Jesus said to the disciples:
"The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea,
which collects fish of every kind.
When it is full they haul it ashore
and sit down to put what is good into buckets.
What is bad they throw away.
Thus it will be at the end of the age.
The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous
and throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth."

"Do you understand all these things?"
They answered, "Yes."
And he replied,
"Then every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven
is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom
both the new and the old."
When Jesus finished these parables, he went away from there.

The kingdom of heaven being compared to a big fishing net let down into the sea illustrates the mission of the Church "to catch people." "To be caught" means we are given the opportunity to follow Christ. However, it is not enough for us just "to be caught." Hopefully we are like the good fish, good to eat and nourishing for people; hopefully we not bad fish, not good to eat, which are then just thrown away.

The day will come when we will be judged: the good will be separated from the bad; the just from the wicked. As we go through life, we continue to make choices: we hope we choose responsibly and correctly to be rewarded with eternal life with God.

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