Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

Essential thinking for reading Catholics.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

"He's a well-known traffic menace, and he's a Catholic."

One of the hard parts to understand about forgiveness is that you have to want to be forgiven and you have to want it bad enough to access it. I'm reminded of an old (and wildly unfunny) joke that dealt with two friends discussing going someplace where the streets were paved with gold and one of the two saying that was no prize because you still had to stoop down to pick it up.

When we consider the salvific nature of Christ's work, instead of getting all grateful 'n' stuff, we get extra demanding. It's not good enough that we have salvation/redemption/forgiveness freely given...no-o-o-o-o. We want it delivered, installed and all the packing materials put away neatly for us. Just because forgiveness is free doesn't mean it's structured around our convenience.

Let's say you have a friend who works for a famous musician. Your friend's famous musician contact comes into town to perform and your friend calls to say "I got you tickets." Would you expect your friend to get in the limo, come over to your house, wait for you to show up, place the tickets in your hands, get you dressed up and then give you a limo ride to the show? If you are expecting that, I foresee a long wait for you. Your friend will leave the tickets at the box office under the "Will Call" window. There are your tickets. You want 'em? Go get them. They're free. All you have to do is go there, ask for them and they are yours. That's it.

But you have to get them.

Don't want to go through the bother of getting them? Then stay home, but don't complain you never get to see that famous musician or that your friend does you no favors. At some point, even if it's just minimally so, you must cooperate and participate in the scheme of things, whether it's getting to Heaven or getting to see Steve and Edie live at The Sands.

God has already assured you a place in Heaven, the question is, do you want to go to the box office and ask for your tickets?

AMDG,

-J.

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