Gospel Luke 12:39-48 Reflection:
As we move into the last few weeks of the church year, we begin to get all these warnings of the end of time and of our own judgement. Today Jesus tells us that because things are going well at the moment does not mean that God has forgotten about us and that we shall never be held accountable.
One of the aspects of the whole gospel story that surprises me is how often Jesus tells us that we shall have to give an account of our lives and the consequences of not living according to God’s law. Have you noticed how people have invented a God that never judges, and who shall love us no matter what?
God is merciful, but Jesus tells us many times that the mercy of God has to be asked for and is not automatic. Any sinner, no matter how grievous the sin, shall be forgiven. But we have to ask for forgiveness, it is not forced on us.
In today’s gospel Jesus makes it quite clear that we all know what God wants from us. This is apparent in the natural law. We don’t need religion to tell us that murder is wrong—we know it in our hearts.
But the person who deliberately goes against God’s will is the person who is in real bother. Jesus makes it plain time and again that God and his justice shall not be mocked.
Thankfully he also makes it plain that God is all merciful.