What Should We Be Doing?
Put away the distractions and open your eyes; it doesn’t take a visionary to see the direction in which the world is headed. If we haven’t already, as Christians, we need to ask ourselves, “What should we be doing?”
The answer is simple: Do penance. Prepare the way of the Lord. Make straight His paths.
And in those days cometh John the Baptist preaching in the desert of Judea. And saying: Do penance: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by Isaias the prophet, saying: A voice of one crying in the desert, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his paths (Matthew 3:1-3).
Many of us call ourselves Christians but we are Christians in name only. We were raised in a country, community or home with Christian roots but it’s been a long time since we’ve walked the walk, if ever.
For those of us who have been baptized but are not living as such, now is the time to heed the call, embody our baptismal promises and practice what we profess.
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true adorers shall adore the Father in spirit and in truth. For the Father also seeketh such to adore him. God is a spirit; and they that adore him, must adore him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24).
If we profess Christianity then we must live Christianity. Period. The basis for living a Christian life means understanding that doing the will of God is that which sustains us. Once we have been baptized, once we profess the Christian faith, we are called to labor for Christ. We must join our efforts and act with devotion.
In the mean time the disciples prayed him, saying: Rabbi, eat. But he said to them: I have meat to eat, which you know not. The disciples therefore said one to another: Hath any man brought him to eat? Jesus saith to them: My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, that I may perfect his work. Do you not say, There are yet four months, and then the harvest cometh? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes, and see the countries; for they are white already to harvest.
And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life everlasting: that both he that soweth, and he that reapeth, may rejoice together. For in this is the saying true: That it is one man that soweth, and it is another that reapeth. I have sent you to reap that in which you did not labour: others have laboured, and you have entered into their labours (John 4:31-38).
The time is now. He is coming soon. Do penance. Prepare the way of the Lord. Make straight His paths.