The Church believes, based on the Bible and the teaching of the Apostles, that one day, one hour, the risen and living Jesus Christ will come again and that he will do so in glory, to set things right. And so the Christian faith and life is about living in anticipation of this event so that all the world might see and know.
God makes saints. And he does so whenever he pours his love and power into ordinary men and women and children making them to come alive and shine in a new way.
Who is Jesus to you? Is he the one who asks more than you could ever give? Or, is he the one who gives more than you could ever ask? The former turns the Christian life into a contest in which we always have to be keeping score and comparing ourselves to others. But the latter produces a harvest of gratitude, joy, and love that lasts.
If you’re looking for a genteel spirituality that will add meaning to your life and not ask much in return well then there’s no shame in turning back now. Because the reason Jesus speaks so bluntly about the need to persist in prayer and not give up is that he knows the difficulty, the challenge, the opposition, the danger that lies ahead.
How might our stewardship of the goods of the earth which do not belong to us but have nevertheless been entrusted to us change if we had an eye to the kingdom of God? Would it change?