College students oftentimes join Fraternities and Sororities as
a chance to make close friends, have a great social life and make
contacts helpful financially and otherwise in the years ahead. Most
of us have tried that in college and we know it works. Since it
worked so well there, some people are motivated to join organizations,
movements and work places that promise achievement of these goals.
Have you ever noticed how often the quest of these three goals made
a life after college a disaster for a classmate or friend?
To “Jesus’ woes”, we might add another example.
If the motive a person has for changing churches or parishes is
the opportunity for new friends, relaxed observance, entertaining
services and more of whatever, he/she could be badly disappointed.
Perhaps the antithesis may not be felt immediately or even in this
life. But for the person who is motivated by these priorities, the
opposite reactions might well happen here or hereafter.
Paul’s admonition makes good sense only if a person’s choice to change the way one lives is made in pursuit and expectation of gaining heaven. This interpretation of today’s epistle is aptly expressed in the footnote of the New American Bible.
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