Inheriting the Kingdom of God

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In the Gospel reading today from Luke 6, we see that Jesus spent the night in prayer. The next day, He called His disciples and told them that He had chosen Twelve, whom He also named Apostles. In the first reading from 1 Corinthians 6, St. Paul talks about judgement, and Christians treating one another unjustly.

St. Paul says, “Do not be deceived; neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor boy prostitutes nor sodomites nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor robbers will inherit the Kingdom of God. That is what some of you used to be.” Isn’t it interesting that Paul makes no delineation between these sins. He doesn’t say that one is any worse than another. All of these grave sins separate us from God.

As Catholics, we believe our eternal destiny is determined at the moment of our death. Conversion needs to be a continual process. Each time we sin, we must repent and have a firm purpose of amendment. (Note that the Corinthians had repented. "That is what some of you used to be.") If God were to call you home today, would you inherit the Kingdom of God?

Father, may we be in a state of perpetual conversion so that, when our time comes, we may inherit the Kingdom of  God. Amen.

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