I’ll share some tidbits from Mass this morning.
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
Honor your father and mother.”
(See Ephesians 6: 1-9.)
Our preacher and pastor, Fr. Martín, said that the first sentence from the first reading captured his attention. He would like to preach on it during a Sunday Mass. The same passage stood out for me, too, when I heard it. When I was a child disobedience towards my parents was usually prominent in the list of sins I would confess each month. Our pastor said he did a lot of the naughty things children do when he was a boy, but he was an obedient son. I was impressed, because I found it difficult to be obedient during my childhood.
“Lord, will only a few people be saved?”
“… Depart from me, all you evildoers!’
And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth
when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God
and you yourselves cast out.”
(See Luke 13: 22-30
Fr. Martín pointed out that we are entering the time of the liturgical year when we ponder the last things: death, judgment, heaven, and hell. Our preparation for the moment of judgment begins with baptism. From then until our last breath we keep God’s commandments, live a virtuous life, confess our sins, and received the sacraments. These are ways we nourish out faith and remain faithful to God.