In today's Gospel reading from Mark 4, Jesus tells a couple of parables about the Kingdom of God, both having to do with plants.
In the first reading from Hebrews 10, the sacred author speaks of the importance of endurance and confidence. "You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what he has promised." He then goes on to say, "We are not among those who draw back and perish, but among those who have faith and will possess life."
Many Protestants speak about "backsliding." It is when someone gives their life to Christ and converts, only to slide back into their old sinful ways. This is fraught with peril, and the consequences will be grave. The sacred author alludes to the fact the those who "draw back" will "perish." The moral of the story is that we must never "draw back," but always move forward in faith, enduring for our eternal reward.
Father, keep us on the forward path to righteousness and heaven. May we never "draw back" but always be moving toward you. Amen.
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