Why Do You Call Me Lord, But Not Do What I Command?

Beloved:
This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance:
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
Of these I am the foremost.
But for that reason I was mercifully treated,
so that in me, as the foremost,
Christ Jesus might display all his patience as an example
for those who would come to believe in him for everlasting life.
To the king of ages, incorruptible, invisible, the only God,
honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. - 1 Timothy 1:15-17

I am a sucker for the word "beloved."  Ever since a priest addressed an email to me with the word as the salutation, I melt when I read it.  The word is only occasionally used in our modern society and I think that's a good thing.

When I read today's first reading, it took me back to when I first converted, especially the phrase, "Of these I am the foremost."

Today's Gospel reading is fairly well known.  Most people are familiar with Jesus' words on bearing good fruit.  What caught my eye was Jesus' words, "Why do you call me, "Lord, Lord," but not do what I command?"

It's a common problem in our Church.  Everything from dressing appropriately for Mass, calumny, taking or not taking the side of an accused priest, or whether or not to go to Mass at all.

We have everything we need in Christ.  We have His Word,  His priests, His own Body and Blood, but most of all, we have each other to remind us all to do as He commands.

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