Monday 2 June 2014

Thursday of Week 12 Year 2

Many of us may claim to know Jesus. We claim to have participated in church, helped in different ministries, did some charity, got involved in other church activities, etc. But does Jesus know us? Or do we claim that Jesus knows us because of the many good we supposingly have done, but the reality is Jesus actually does not know us? How can we tell?

In today's Gospel, Jesus warns us: "Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’ Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’" We can be doing so many good things, but are the things we do the will of God, or our own will? Sometimes we may do things that appear to be according to God's will, and we are blinded and convinced that it is, but the fact is what we are doing may actually be our own will, for our own gratification, our own fame and glory.

Let us discern carefully. Why do we do what we do? Are we aware of the will of God, or are we merely satisfying our own desires and needs?

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