Anonymous asked: I'm sorry to ask so many questions, but I dont have a lot of wise christians in my life anymore. What do you make of "The Sermon on the Mount"? because there are a lot of difficult requests made in it, as well as the statement that "Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven." Which scares me.
I’m going to completely honest with you right now, I had to look up what “The Sermon on the Mount” was. A little bit of background on my religious history: I never was very strong in my faith growing up; it was a chore. I never wanted to go to mass as child, or even a teenager, nor did I want to pay attention during catechism. And at my church, we really didn’t focus on the logistics of Catholicism. I really started to get into my faith when heading off to college. I would need to look it up for a while in order to give you a solid answer to your first question, but the second one I can attest to.
I also find that statement very scary. I have been really far away from my faith recently due to depression, and still haven’t completely found my way back. (This is why I especially love your questions because they force me to think about my faith again.) And along with being far from my faith, I have probably not acted in the most christian way. Of course, when I think of our Lord, I tell Him I love Him and need Him and that I will try my best to reconnect with him and my faith but have I really done that? Probably not. I am trying but I don’t think I’m even close to being there again. So this is really frightening for me right now.
But there’s a part of me screaming that it will be okay and that for those who truly believe in the Lord and try to be like Him (even if we fall from Him from time to time) we will still join Him in the kingdom of Heaven. And although I am scared that this is not going to happen for me, there’s still that part of me that saying that it will.
We must not worry too much that we won’t make it to join Him in the afterlife, but reflecting a little will push us to become the people that He wants us to be. So no worries, my friend. Just keep being the vessel of Christ that you are and don’t forget about Him and what he has done for you.
I’d like to apologize for this being so late. I really wanted to reflect on it before answering. And don’t apologize for all of the questions, they are my saving grace right now. I love them.