Jesus said to his disciples:”Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. (Matthew 24)
“Let us not entrust ourselves to those who extinguish every enthusiasm saying that no business is worth the sacrifice of an entire life, don’t listen to the ‘elderly’ of heart who suffocate youthful euphoria.” Pope Francis
Ornithologists believe there are 10 billion birds in the USA in the spring and 20 billion in the fall. When God said “Let the birds fly,” He wasn’t fooling around. Did you know there are 5000 different species of ocean fish with hundreds of thousands yet to be discovered? God’s creative grace, exists in superabundant amounts.
The tradition made in God’s image is teeming with good; its imagination is fertile, and it multiplies. It turns the wild into the sacred, and it spreads like leaven consuming the entire earth. A great example of a living tradition is Sunday worship. The Sun-day becomes the Son-Day. The resurrection makes all of the traditions of the world holy. Living Tradition takes the wild, raucous Saturnalia festival and creates the living tradition of Advent and Christmas. It takes the Sumerian goddess myth of Inanna hanging on a cross rising from the dead creating into the truth of Easter. The tradition begins in the heart. Allow the living tradition to take root.
That said, the living Word speaks about a future of the non-Christian where there will be ” wailing and grinding of teeth.”
Hell represents heaven’s answer to political correctness. Frederica Matthewes-Green writes: “If you hammer together your own Stairway to Heaven, you won’t know which rungs are missing. The practices upheld by the consensus of the community is a surer bet for the humble.”
Martin Luther led us astray. Because of him, he who has the best study Bible, the highest IQ wins. Instead of study Bibles, let’s turn to the Author and finisher of our faith. The one who inspired Paul to say, “if I am delayed, you will know how each one must conduct himself in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. ”
The Church and her creeds authoritatively teach the truth.
God is gracious. Ask Him to “strengthen your hearts, to be blameless in holiness, to fill us at daybreak with His kindness.” Most of all “Stay awake!
For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.”