The Second Graders know what’s going to happen when they ask me to tell them the story of the creation of the angels. I say: “In the wonder of God’s being he says, ‘Let us create!’ and BANG!” I say the bang so loud it makes the kids jump out of their seats. I then ask them with a caring, slightly sing-song voice, “Did I scare you?” Some sheepishly say “No” while others smile and say “Yes.” Then I say,”… bang, God created the angels instantly and perfectly.”
This weekend’s Gospel talks about perfection. Although the angels were created perfectly, humanity is not. We will be created instantly and perfectly at the resurrection of the dead. The problem is that we have to get there with the hope of heaven. In the meantime, we have to live a good life. It is important to remember, that we are not working our way to heaven. Heaven is a free, unmerited gift that we receive at Baptism. Good works however do matter; because they allow us to grow in holiness. The character of our soul grows so that we are ready for heaven. Let us grow in God’s grace and long for the perfection that God holds out for us to receive.
Sincerely in Christ,
Very Rev. Andrew Kemberling, V.F.