Choosing up sides.  Who's side are you on?
Choosing up sides. Who’s side are you on?

 

In the Gospel reading from the Mass for today (Luke 11:14-23), Jesus makes it clear that there are only two sides and each person is on one or the other.  An excerpt:

 “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters” (Luke 11:23).

Jesus offers a very clear assessment of the state of each human’s state:

Those who have embraced evil or deny that Jesus is Lord, know who they are and Christ knows who they are.  The evil and the rebellious choose their path and will live with the consequences.

In today’s secular world of pluralists and relativists, many think that they are on the sidelines or that being neutral yields them the best possible odds at happiness (or perhaps salvation).  Many use the cloak of pluralism to hide from their own sins; by claiming to be accepting, they conveniently can ignore their own sins or the sins of those they love.

But that kind of sloppy thinking is deluded; Jesus, the Son of God makes it clear.

Sides in the worldly and eternal life are being chosen:  Who’s side are you on?