The Last Man Standing 

The Last Man Standing 

*The Last Man Standing*

_(Tuesday 25th June, 2019. Genesis 13:2.5-18, Psalm 15 and Matthew 7:6.12-14)_

_*“Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:13-14).*_

Would you dare to be the last man standing if you have to divide a piece of property between yourself and your cousin? Especially when it appears your cousin is now choosing the better part (or the part that appears to be better)?

Would you dare to be the last man standing when everyone around you is going left and you alone begin to walk right?

From where do you derive your sense of worth, is it from what people say or think about you or from what God knows about you?

Are you like Saul who disobeyed God’s instruction out of pressure from the people who “advised” him to keep some of the treasures for himself?

On what do you base your value system? On what the society regards as okay or on what God says is okay?

Jesus words in today’s Gospel passage have never been much truer. ENTER BY THE NARROW GATE FOR GATE IS WIDE AND THE WAY IS EASY, THAT LEADS TO DESTRUCTION AND THOSE WHO ENTER BY IT ARE MANY.

If all your friends say fornication is an act of love and you are the only one saying it is a grave offence against God, would you dare to be the last man standing?

If all your colleagues at work devise means of stealing and milking secretly the company’s resources, would you dare to be the last man standing your ground for truth, honesty and righteousness?

If all the people you know tell lies at will and you are the one who even has to suffer for saying the truth, would you dare to be the last man standing?

When Lot moved first, Abram did not complain. He allowed Lot to choose the part that seemed good in the eyes, but it was not until Lot got there that he discovered it was not all that glitter that is gold. The land looked good but the people there were evil, immoral and wicked. They had no fear of God.

The choices that seem most attractive or popular are not always the best. *So I ask again, would you dare to be the last man standing?*

Let us Pray: Lord Jesus, help me to choose right, to stand by you even if the world around me falls to evil, Amen.

*Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Tuesday of the 12th Week in Ordinary time. Bible Study: Genesis 13:2.5-18, Psalm 15 and Matthew 7:6.12-14).*

-Fr. Abu

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