Luke 10: 13-16 Will You Be Exalted to Heaven?
Lift me up, Lord, from the land of the dead to the land of the living. This world is such a mirage, filled with masks and mirrors. I no longer desire the things of my youth: attention, importance, flattery or title. I seek authenticity. I seek your face. God forbid that I should live in a manner unbecoming of you. I do not seek any love above your love. You cannot be replaced! No treasure on earth, no pearl lost in the seas, no possession above or below can ever replace you. Why? I know why, because I have tried, and I have failed.
“Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.” (Ps 139:24b)Your way is The Way; the only way; the true way to live life; to serve you and man. And your way is so simple! “I must increase; you must decrease.” It is so obvious that the world desires you over me. And yet I fight tooth and nail, jump up and down, to be seen and to be loved. It is you, my Lord and my God, that makes man more than “a little”. And a great man is one who knows how little he is.
Every night I wake up in a cold sweat because I know, my God, that you are a demanding God. You expect the most, the best from me. Why do I sweat? I know why, because the greatest temptation that I face each and every day is to fight evil with evil. To the wounded I say: You hate me, I hate you. If you are mean to me, I will be mean to you. If you don’t love me, then I won’t love you. If you hurt me, then I will hurt you. This is not the way of the Christian. This is not the way we fight. We love more, forgive more and give more than we receive. For this reason we are considered fools! Aliens! But only in the land of the dead.
The Lord answered Job: “Have you ever commanded the morning and shown the dawn its place? Have you entered into the sources of the sea, or walked about in the depths of the abyss? Have the gates of death been shown to you, or have you seen the gates of darkness? Which is the way to the dwelling place of light, and where is the abode of darkness? Tell me since you know so much!” (Jb 38: 12-21) We think we know so much because we have all studied Earth Science. And yet what we seem to forget, is that we study what we did not do. The greatest danger to life on earth is man who turns into an animal, which is the lowest form of evolution on earth. As our minds continue to grow bigger and are hearts grow ever smaller, we will see more wars on earth more death and more destruction. The Holocaust, the Rwandan massacres, the genocides that have plagued the 20th century were for one reason alone: We refused to listen to our God. What did God say to man? “Love one another.”
The Lord said, “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! Woe to YOU! You, who do not listen; who refuse to believe. You, who refuse to accept the truth: There is a God and I am not Him!
Lord, help me to see Your Way as the best Way, Your Truth as the only Truth, and your Life as the life for me. Allow me to be with you when all hope seems to be lost, when the benefits do not outweigh the risks or when success is not guaranteed. Only then will You be the one who burns brightly in the dark and your loving servants be exalted to heaven. Who will be exalted to heaven? The one who is more like you.