Not everyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord,"
will enter the kingdom of heaven. . . .
Taking action in response to God's revealed word often involves sacrifice. This is the juncture where true disciples take up their cross while would-be disciples, who meet their surface obligations, perhaps rationalize their way out of dying to self.
As Jesus was one with the Father, and lived in His love at all moments, so we are called to unity with the Lord. We not only say "Thy will be done," knowing that we will be given all we need to carry out God's plan for our lives, we also do what is necessary to remain faithful to Him, who sacrificed so much for us.
"The imploring noise of those who would be saved despite their indifference to God's will is in stark contrast to the silence of those who implore God, not with words, but by reforming their lives."
"Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word" vol. 1, p. 311]
Father Ed Bakker
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne
Bendigo in Australia