"If the Lord had not been on our side…"
In the Christian world,
there are three kinds of people
First group, rather numerous, are the
They are good and they know they are
They sing their own praises.
They have a tendency to look down on
When they go to confession, they find
so hard to identify their sins.
And if they do, they always somehow
It is always the fault of others. Always.
They have a weird way of seeing reality.
"How is it, Pale', that everything
wrong for me
considering I am such a good person…
while my neighbor, who is so reckless
seems to be having so much fun?!"
You know what?, it is these kind of
people who killed Jesus!
Then there are the half and half folks
- half one thing and half another!
They are neither saints nor devils
They hobble their way through.
They say: 'I am not a saint, but I
They try to please God
- going to mass Sundays, be a friend
pale', put on a smiley face -
because 'one never knows what comes
They never commit grievous sins,
not because they don't wish to,
but because they are afraid… of the
They do their utmost to live a tranquil
soft and spongy with-the wife-the husband-the
They are on a work-to-rule arrangement.
They never risk anything.
A mashed-potato life!
Family first and foremost, and then
the son graduates.
Going to Mass becomes a tranquillizer.
Church dress fits him perfectly.
This father, who perhaps receives Communion
will never tell his son:
"Seek ye first the Kingdom of
a meaning to your life…"
He would rather tell him: "Son,
study hard… this is important."
His ideals are that he is respected
that he has a good job,
a wife with two children (not more,
He may read the Gospel, but he closes
quickly because he says:
'This is all beautiful and poetic… but in
life you need to be practical'
The Word of God is clear regarding
"I know your deeds, that you are
cold nor hot;
I wish that you were cold or hot.
So because you are lukewarm, and neither
hot nor cold,
I will spit you out of My mouth!!"
There is also a third category of people.
Those who know they are sinners because
And amazingly enough, felt treasured
They were stupid enough to believe
catechesis of the devil,
paying a very high price in the process.
Sin, they believed, is something beautiful,
it gives enjoyment and pleasure
But they found out to their own bitter
that sin is an acid fruit,
that it tastes like honey at first
produces a terrible heart pain.
This is exactly why these people felt
need and the urgency
to turn to Jesus Christ and ask him
pity on them.
Like the sick person who looks at the
Like someone who is drowning, and shouts
Like a slave who hopes someone will
They feel confident about HIM
because He did heal them and save them.
We call these people 'Christians'.
We always thought that
the Christian is the good man,
content with himself and his achievements,
a kind of a spiritual superman/superwoman
maybe full of compromises.
NO, we found out that
the Christian is a very normal person,
aware of his sin
but who keeps looking up,
knowing from where his help will come.
"When that Day comes you will never again
of all the deeds
with which you once rebelled against
for I shall rid you of those who exult
never again will you strut
on my holy mountain.
But in you I shall leave surviving
and lowly people,
and those who are left in Israel
will take refuge in the name of Lord.
They will do no wrong, will tell no
nor will a deceitful tongue be found
But they will be able to graze and
with no none to alarm them."
(Zephaniah 3, 11-13)
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