“But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, not hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest: I am rich, and made wealthy, and have need of nothing: and knowest not, that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. I counsel thee to buy of me gold fire tried, that thou mayest be made rich; and mayest be clothed in white garments, and that the shame of thy nakedness may not appear; and anoint thy eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. Such as I love, I rebuke and chastise. Be zealous therefore, and do penance. Behold, I stand at the gate, and knock. If any man shall hear my voice, and open to me the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
The Apocalypse Of Saint John (Revelation) 3: 16-20 www.drbo.org
I have heard the term “lukewarm faith” but was unsure what it really meant. I figured that “lukewarm” was probably where I fit about now. I don’t consider myself -Hot for the Lord yet, that is a goal I am working towards. However, after an incident this week I am no longer sure where one would draw the line. I watched as many who had been raised in the faith attended a mass service and didn’t catch the beauty of the mass nor understand the immense love of God during the service. During the Eucharist they may not even have been aware of the transformation taking place in front of them. Lost in being there but not being aware. I can say this because I have lived it, too. Sorta “been there, done that” thing.
I have said before that I don’t consider myself “holier than thou” although sometimes I may come across that way, my words or actions for the most part are innocent desires to understand where someone stands or how someone thinks so that I may know them better. That said, here is where I am right now—I have just seen first hand how the hard work of Catholic parents in a desire to do what is best and right for their children have raised (to the best of their abilities) “Catholic children” and many of those children have gone away from the church.
How does that happen? As I looked around at the families, including my own, a thought came to my mind; I do believe that many of those who have walked away from their religion have done so because of their own “free will”. What I mean, is that because God had granted them Free Will they have chosen in what way to live their lives and in many cases that desire to give into the lies of satan has brought them much pain, sadness, loneliness, depression, poverty, and sometimes illness and those who were able to have all the material goods life has to offer may have still found themselves unsatisfied. What do we do when things do not go our way–we blame God. He is rarely the first we praise when we experience good things but He is always the first one we throw blame on when things do not turn out our way.
It was very sad to me to see so many people who have been hurt in one way or another and see them turn their backs on God. He is only there waiting to see them again, to freely give to them all the love He has for them, to embrace them and tell them how much He has missed their smiling faces. I pray that they find their way home to Our Father very soon. May their hearts swell with Our Lord’s Love.