Wednesday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time [I]
Romans 8:26-30 + Luke 13:22-30
October 30, 2019
“‘Depart from me, all you evildoers!’”
Christ in today’s Gospel touches upon one of the great temptations faced by those who serve Him. Repeatedly He tells us that our motivations are as important as our words and actions. Indeed, bad motives can cancel the “good” we think do and say.
There should be only one motive for serving God in Christ, and that is the sincere desire to return the love He pours out on us and to do His will out of that love, not just for our good but also for the good of others. God is interested in the condition of our hearts, not just an impressive list of our deeds.
Sin enters into the serving of Christ when it is used as a means of self-aggrandizement or to line pockets with “green.” While such people may perform well their hearts remain focused on themselves. They dazzle audiences with their cleverness and charisma and say only what pleases the listeners—denying or downplaying sin, rationalizing wrongdoings, emphasizing God’s love while failing to mention God’s irrevocable truths and the justice by which we must live. Theirs is the “wide door” against which Christ speaks.
The Wedding Banquet by Alessandro Botticelli [1445-1510]