Rom 8:31-39 / Lk 13:31-35
St. Paul poses an interesting and crucial question in today’s Epistle to the Romans. “Who can separate us from the love of Christ?” Nothing should, but lots of things do. There are many people in every parish who at one time in their lives were active in their faith, but walked away when some tragedy, like the loss of a loved one, struck and they never forgave God for failing to protect them. There are plenty of people who didn’t deliberately walk away from the Lord, but just wandered away distractedly and barely even noticed it themselves. And, of course, there are always those who can’t face the Lord because they know that some part of their lifestyle is at grave odds with the love of the Lord.
The list could go on and on, but the message for us should be to look again at our own relationship with Christ and ask honestly how deep are the roots of the friendship. Is it just a casual acquaintance or a bond with real muscle? What kind of candidate are we for early departure from this most important of all our bonds? It may be that we have some work to do and that a bond that’s just a matter of habit needs to become a matter of profound conviction and attachment. Now’s the time to find out, while there’s still time.