Three reasons why God might say “I do not know where you come from!”
A gospel like today’s might make me worry if I did not hope in God’s mercy. I have confidence that He is greater than my weakness, and He gives me the courage to fight. But facing today’s gospel, I find the narrow door to be challenging. Will I be able to make it through the narrow door? I also find the following line to be quite a challenge:
“We once ate and drank in your company; you taught in our streets”, but he will reply, “I do not know where you come from. Away from me, all you wicked men!” (Luke 13:25)
There are perhaps three reasons why He might say this to me:
I have not truly believed:
“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (Acts 16:30-31)
Jesus Christ rose from the dead, and yet it seems that many do not know this. Jesus Christ is God made flesh, and nevertheless, the world ignores him. True faith, demands a real, existential faith, that begins by receiving God into our heart. How many Catholics begin and end each day by inviting God into their heart? How many Catholics knock on the door of God’s heart each day? A way we can tell if we truly believe is if we truly recognise that only the mercy of Jesus Christ can save us. We, therefore, approach Him with the greatest of respect. When we arrive before the throne of God; one reason He may not recognise us is that we have not truly adored Christ as God, and trusted entirely in Him.
I have denied Him before others:
It is not enough to have an interior relationship with God; I can still be wrong in what I say and think. All too often today, we want to be accommodating and kind, but we do not realise that if we do not speak about the joy of God in our lives that we may be denying Him. The following passage of scripture illustrates this point:
Whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father, who is in heaven. (Matt 10:33)
Sometimes, because of the world we live in, our thoughts lead us astray. A remedy for this problem is the reading of scripture and the study of good theology.
I have not loved my Brothers:
Lastly, God may deny us because we have not loved our brothers and sisters. The passage of Scripture that comes to mind would be the following:
Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. (1 John 4:20)
These three points could not be more precise. The map of our Christian life is thus laid out. Let us, therefore, set out on this Journey, with Hope and Trust in the Living God.
Fr Michael Thérèse