We all remember where we were November 22, 1963 the day President Kennedy was assassinated. I had just started my seminary studies the previous September. Lost in the news of JFK that day was another death, that of a famous and influential writer, an Irishman born in Belfast, Clive Staples Lewis, known as C.S. Lewis and called Jack by his friends.
His religious journey brought him from Christianity to atheism, to theism and back to Christianity in the Anglican Church.
His religious writings continue to be very popular and The Chronicles of Narnia are a wonderful read for young people (and adults). When I received news of my dad’s death in 1984 I read his “A Grief Observed” on the plane to the funeral in Ireland.
I bring him up today because of his masterpiece book that is both entertaining and enlightening – The Screwtape Letters. It’s about a wise old devil teaching his young nephew how to lead people to damnation. A huge part of his advice is to convince them, by a lie of course, that there is always plenty of time, plenty of time, plenty of time!
There is not always plenty of time and that’s the message of today’s Gospel story. Jesus reminds us that the clock is ticking. It’s the story of the unnamed rich man who, after he dies, wants to go back to his father’s house to warn his family. Abraham tells him it doesn’t work like that, they have Moses and the prophets, “Let them listen to them”. Like our mothers used to tell us, “don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today”. It’s not Christmas, Easter, Advent or Lent – times that can get us thinking, but it is today and we have today. Let us be faithful disciples of our savior Jesus Christ – today.
God bless you all,
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20th Fall Festival
Adult Faith Enrichment
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