Tuesday, March 27, 2007

"He that is of God, heareth the words of God. Therefore you hear them not, because you are not of God" (John 8: 47).

The Jews were very proud to be descendants of Abraham. But Jesus said to them: "If you be the children of Abraham, do the works of Abraham " (John 8:39). We are certainly proud to be adopted children of God through our Christian faith. We should live our lives up to the Heavenly Father's expectations. First sign of being God's child is the love of God's Word. St John Chrysostom says that listening eagerly to the word of God is the sure sign of predestination. There are several group of Christians. Some are notoriously bad at spiritual reading or listening attentively to sermons. Others listen to sermons only to criticise them or to find satisfaction in the speaker's pure rhetoric. We can learn a lot from every sermon, it depends on us, on our good will. Next sign of divine adoption is seeking God's glory. Our Lord said: "I honour my Father" (John 8:49), let us look at Jesus and follow Him closely. Among Our Lord's followers we shall not find those who are envious or honours seeking, those who are deeply disturbed by smallest contradiction. We shall not find there oversensitive people, who think the whole world should be attentive and deeply respectful to their needs and personal honours. Those who are tirelessly seeking for their own glory and praises are not there either. We owe all to God and to Him only belong the glory, praise and honour. We need always to do God's will, and for this end Our Lord gave us the example. For Him doing His Father's will was the best nourishment: "My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, that I may perfect His work" (John 4:34). In particular when God's will was for Him to endure poverty, to bear ingratitude, slander, bitter Passion and horrible death on the Cross. Let us always remember this! Christianity does not end with the entry in the Church baptismal registry book. God wants us to act as Christans do. We need to prove our Christianity through the love of God's word, the zeal for God's glory and by doing and seeking His will always. We shall keep in mind Our Lord's admonition: "Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matt 7:21).