Mk 2:1-12 An Invitation to All
I am a fool for Christ. After years and years of wandering, I came back home. I decided to leave it all and follow the Lord. “There are two ways of getting home; and one of them is to stay there” (G. K. Chesterton). How many times have I traveled around my world, only to come back, again and again, to my Father’s House? It starts the same way, over and over again: I sin and fall over. I ask for His grace and arrive home in peace. The world is round and so are my sins. Sins lead to chaos that wounds my soul and leaves me in pain. And so, what do I do? Again and again, I seek the Lord who rebuilds his home within my soul. I am a sinner and yet, he calls me his friend.
I am a fool for Christ. I am still unpacking. Still examining this life of mine and the miracles it has brought into my life. I am still deciphering all its codes and mysteries. What will be next? What will come from this or that encounter? Who will I meet next? What will it all mean? The Lord seeks me. He invites me to dine with Him.
I am a fool for Christ. Open to scorn and ridicule; open to labels and categories; lies and mistrust. In order to live the truth, I must be transparent with, in and through the truth. When I speak, all listen. Am I listening to my own words? Following the Lord and truly leaving everything behind? The Lord did not come to call the righteous but sinners. He invites me to follow Him.
I am a fool for Christ. I still hold on to dear life. I still hold tight to my deepest desires – my pride, vanity and a deep desire for comfort. Those who disagree with me, WATCH OUT! Not so much out of love for God but more so out of love for self. I hold on to my greatest possession: my will! It’s all mine! And I will not share it with others. And so I have become a single-edged sword, one that only knows how to slash and wound. How ineffective! It strikes at the heart, regardless of whose heart it is. It penetrates deep, but only striking flesh and spilling blood. It has no power over the spirit and soul. In reality, it will never kill. “The word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit.” (Heb 4:12) The Lord invites me to sharpen my sword and slay the dragon.
And so, I have walked a life time - not much different from all those before me. I seek to understand and to be understood. How I long to come back home, to my resting place, my home, my Father’s House.
Make every turn and twist count! Make every single decision end with grace! Turn what was evil into a grace. Do we realize that every decision we make is a yes or no to God. Every decision has its consequences in time and eternity. Give the Lord the final word! “Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.” (Jn 6:63) A decision is a way to show what side we are on: faith or reason, grace or sin; life or death; trust or fear. “Let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help” (Heb 4:16). Amen.