Sunday Devotional: It’s never too late

Isaiah 55:6-9

Seek the LORD while he may be found,
call him while he is near.
Let the scoundrel forsake his way,
and the wicked his thoughts;
let him turn to the LORD for mercy;
to our God, who is generous in forgiving.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.
As high as the heavens are above the earth,
so high are my ways above your ways
and my thoughts above your thoughts.

The other day, I published a post titled “Are we in hell yet?” about a rap performance at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors ceremony on Sept. 20 featuring prancing insect-eye demons.

As the culture around us sink deeper into decay and corruption by the day. Indeed, when reputable universities — supposed institutions of higher learning — see fit to hire as professors domestic terrorists who live secret lives of unimaginable debauchery, it does seem like we are already in Hell.

See:

But it’s never too late to turn from the abyss, as the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard reminds us.

Matthew 20:1-16A

Jesus told his disciples this parable:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner
who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard.
After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage,
he sent them into his vineyard.
Going out about nine o’clock,
the landowner saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
and he said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard,
and I will give you what is just.’
So they went off.
And he went out again around noon,
and around three o’clock, and did likewise.
Going out about five o’clock,
the landowner found others standing around, and said to them,
‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’
They answered, ‘Because no one has hired us.’
He said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard.’
When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman,
‘Summon the laborers and give them their pay,
beginning with the last and ending with the first.’
When those who had started about five o’clock came,
each received the usual daily wage.
So when the first came, they thought that they would receive more,
but each of them also got the usual wage.
And on receiving it they grumbled against the landowner, saying,
‘These last ones worked only one hour,
and you have made them equal to us,
who bore the day’s burden and the heat.’
He said to one of them in reply,
‘My friend, I am not cheating you.
Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?
Take what is yours and go.
What if I wish to give this last one the same as you?
Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money?
Are you envious because I am generous?’
Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

It’s never too late.

For His mercy is deep as the oceans.

May the peace of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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16 responses to “Sunday Devotional: It’s never too late

  1. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    Sunday Devotional.
    With the earthquakes and hurricanes are we being put on notice in the way we are running the world?

    kommonsentsjane

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    • Apparently AMC “entertainment” has some vile programming on, one is called “Preacher” and according to the petition that Return To Order has, they show the Lord doing some vile things with a woman. I have not seen this so I don’t know exactly what the scene is, but I’m not surprised either. They also say (quote):
      According to Newsbusters:
      •The episode, called Dirty Little Secret creates a narrative that Our Lord was not a virgin;
      •Our Lord is shown taking part in immoral acts with a married woman in a graphic way;
      •Our Lord and His disciples are irreverent, and Christ is supposed to have “descendants.” (end quote)

      This is of course the teachings of demons and stinks of the Sadducees as well. No wonder satan is getting into movies and TV.

      I signed the petition that returntoorder.org put up about this (for whatever that is worth), they’ve got over 12,000 signatures but their goal is 20 K.

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  2. During one of the last times I saw him, my father said to me, “All I want is to be forgiven of my sins. If the Lord does that, I don’t care if he puts me in the back somewhere. All I want is to be forgiven. If the next man wants to be forgiven of his sins, then even if I do not like him, I may not begrudge him that.”
    Forgiveness of sins is the greatest gift we can receive. If my sins happen to be greater in number or more grotesque in evil than someone else’s (and I am certain they are), then I may not begrudge the man whose sins are less in number or less grotesque in evil than mine.
    And this, I think, is the difference between time and Eternity: In Eternity, nothing matters except the PRESENT MOMENT. If I lived in the woods in a cabin and I froze every winter for lack of wood or a stove, then once I got the wood and the stove, all those winters I froze would no longer matter: Only the warmth of the present moment would matter. The same would be true if the circumstances were reversed. This is the reason why Hell, like Heaven, must be Eternal: In Eternity, nothing matters but the Present Moment.
    That is why Forgiveness of Sins is the Greatest Gift any human being can receive.

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  3. The time of the Gentiles is coming to an end, those seeking wages of the greatest value, come quickly.

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  4. What a wonderful, significant lesson for us . . . it really is Never Too Late! Thank you for compiling this significant message for us today.

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  5. As always, these readings have a bearing other things as well. To our “end times” aficionado, the parable is also saying “don’t second-guess God”. Who is saved and who is left as chafe is ENTIRELY God’s decision.

    How God rewards those who enter his vineyard is also entirely up to Him. In fact EVERYTHING is up to Him.

    How God orders our world and the next should put us in awe. We are not now, nor will we ever be, more intelligent than God. Oddly, when God seeks God He looks to us. We should always be prepared to have that conversation.

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  6. I have had the worst time trying to overcome doubts and fears of Catholicism that were firmly planted in my psyche by those who truly believe the Catholic Church is of the devil, for many decades now–I’ve longed to become a Catholic since 1967 when something miraculous happened, and on numerous occasions I’ve either enrolled in the RCIA, or had a priest decide to tutor me himself, so I could convert–each time something happened that ended my attendance in those studies–if I tried asking questions about Catholicism of fellow Protestants I was always met with the same hostile attitude towards it, fear of it, or hatred of it, the I met with suspicion of me just because I’d asked any questions at all–so, no decent, acceptable answers to my sincere questions were ever given to me by them.

    My journey towards the Church seems to have come to it’s end a few years ago, when a Deacon of the local Parish here, whom I’d never met in my life, had to have listened to some gossip about me from another family member who decided to shut me out of her life, along with my son and granddaughters–I had no idea that her attitude towards me was something that anyone outside the family, or her circle of friends, would ever be subjected to–imagine my shock when I found out how wrong I was about that.

    The Deacon of the local Parish asked me to meet him at his office at the local Church one Saturday prior to the RCIA classes starting–I thought nothing bad of him wanting to speak to me, so I had no idea what was waiting for me when I got there–before I could even sit down he lit into me, accusing me of being the cause of all the estrangement of other family members from me and my husband after our son’s death–he told me from what he’d been told, that I should be put away in an institution–he refused to hear anything I tried to say by way of explanation, or defense, and just went on ranting at me, including accusing me of lying about the two priests whose videos I’d stumbled across on YouTube, that spoke about the ‘seat of Peter’ being vacant since Vatican II–I had just emailed the teacher of the RCIA class and asked him if he could tell me what they were talking about, since it sounded extremely serious–however, the Deacon decided I’d lied about those two priests, that I’d made it all up, and that my questions were so disruptive that they showed ‘them’ that I was nothing more than a trouble-maker–therefore, he said, I was going to be denied the ability to attend the RCIA classes, and that, due to my disruptive ways, I should be placed in a mental institution!

    After he told me I’d lied about those priests, I asked him if he’d actually read all of my emails to the class teacher, and when he said he had I realized he was lying about that, because I had written one last email in which I explained that I’d finally done enough research on my own, and had had my questions about that subject answered, so I was no longer concerned about it–so, after he lied to me about having read all the emails, I got up, and as he continued condemning me, I said “I think I’ll just remain a Lutheran!”, and I left the room–I left the Church grounds as fast as I could walk, while calling my husband, who had dropped me off there, and was to come pick me up once I’d met with the Deacon[I no longer drive]

    I was nearly hysterical over what happened, and realized the only way he could have gotten such a twisted, false view of me and this family situation, in regards to my husband and myself, was by listening to the gossip of my daughter in law, who hates me with a passion that is inexplicable to me–because, she is the only one who has always stood between me and my younger son, and my granddaughters, and her hatred of me is baseless–and, has shocked the both of us to the core–she shut the door on us both back in 2001, and now it seemed her venom towards me had infected that Deacon, who told me I couldn’t take the classes to join the Church!!

    The Lord has never shown me a way out of this dilemma either, which has left me wondering if He simply does not wish me to convert, even though it was the Lord who had to be behind giving me the tremendous love for your Church when I was just 18, and had decided to become an atheist! The way it all happened was nothing short of miraculous so far as I’m concerned, and is why I named my blog, “A Hundred Million Miracles”, after that wonderful song from “The Flower Drum Song” movie–but, I don’t understand how so many attempts by me to convert over the last 5 decades have all ended so badly, with me being unable to continue those classes–twice, right as the classes started, my husband was suddenly transferred! And, now, I fear I’ve been banned from ever converting, but without a fair trial!

    I wish I could find a way to clear my good name, and be able to offer explanations for whatever lies have been told about me, because I know for a fact that they are lies, and distortions, and they’ve been fostered by some kind of strange ‘dislike’ of me that, for the life of me, I can’t understand!!! I’m sorry for jumping out with this right now, but I’m growing more desperate by the day now–I bought a Rosary the other day, and a Catholic prayer book, along with a booklet on how to say the Rosary, because, as happens frequently, I once again had this overwhelming desire to begin to say the Rosary, and use the prayer book to help me in my prayers–yet, this whole situation seems so hopeless to me now, as though the way has been barred to me, and I can’t figure out how to remedy it all, so the barrier the Deacon threw up in front of me can come down, if it’s at all even possible.

    We still live here, not that far from that Church, but my fear of him prevents me from taking some kind of action to help clear this up–it’s been years now, and I’ve even been way too afraid to even set foot in that Church again–my husband is a ‘lapsed Catholic’, so he’s been no help with this at all–in fact, I think he’s relieved that I don’t ask him to take me to Mass any longer! Oh woe!–it all makes me feel so sick!–what can be done, if anything, to help end this awful nightmare I live with all the time now?! I don’t know who to turn to for help with this, which is why I’m now writing this to post on your blog, Dr. Eowyn–can you, or any of you, suggest anything I might be able to do so I can attend RCIA classes, and finally join the Church?! I know I could only offer the very tip of what’s gone on over the decades, and couldn’t go into detail about anything on here really–I am just hoping and praying for a fair hearing on all of this, because I’m positive that, if I could just clear my name, I’d be allowed to take the RCIA classes once again!

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    • Dear Christine:

      It is clear to me that the Holy Spirit is guiding you because despite all the calumny, insults, and obstacles thrown in your way, your heart still yearns to be Catholic. And I can attest from personal experience that when the Holy Spirit wants us to do something, He is extremely persistent.

      My advice: Go to another parish for Mass and RCIA. (By the way, that deacon is an utter disgrace. He will have to answer to our Lord for believing in and trafficking in malicious gossip and, most egregious of all, for discouraging you. Don’t let him and your daughter-in-law wield that kind of power over you.)

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    • That’s a horrible story! Perhaps I can help, although ultimately your journey is your own.

      I was raised a protestant. I started to feel a draw toward The Church in my teen years. When I was fourteen I visited a local parish and was intercepted by nuns. They were very hostile to me and literally scared me away from visiting with the priest.

      Over the years I have encountered a few deacons that I wish I hadn’t. I really don’t know the reason for this and I admit to not being curious enough to try to find out.

      I did convert in my thirties. I then went on to be active in RCIA and help many others into The Church. As you know, there is a period of discernment that takes place prior to the Rite of Election. Your relative poisoning the well should never have been allowed to happen. Indeed, if the deacon felt that way he should have consulted with someone competent and pastoral to discuss it.

      I too had relatives on my mother’s side who ridiculed me. Their beliefs about The Church are utterly insane and stupid but they hang onto them like a life preserver for some reason. I have my theories about this but they are too complex to be understood in the small space available in a forum like this.

      I hope that you inquire at another parish. I’m deeply sorry for your experience. I am embarrassed that it happened. We are all sinners, even deacons. I would be suggest writing to your bishop.

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    • Dear Christine,
      Wow…what a story….I’m so sorry you had to go through this total HELL! I left the Catholic church once I wasn’t forced to go. I wasn’t treated as badly as you, but then again, I didn’t say boo at church. I didn’t feel involved at all. If you read (I have the ‘recovery version’ of the bible that Bibles For America has out) the letters Paul wrote, they interpret Paul’s letters to the churches (Ephesians, Colossians etc). The interpretation is that God never wanted His churches to go by any other names (denominations) (as the Church is the “Bride of Christ and should go by no other name than that of her Husband) other than the one of Jesus Christ. The devil is the great deceiver and divider of mankind. He’s a liar beyond our comprehension to deceive. If you read Brice Taylor’s book “Thanks for the Memories”, she goes into her own experience with the church and her many abuses by them. Any books by Malachi Martin are also very good.

      After a revelatory dream and much soul searching, asking God to lead me to the truth and some procrastination on my part, I finally joined the Church of Christ. They go by the name of the Husband (the Lord Jesus) and do not do things that the Lord did not agree with (like holding carnivals and bingo- gambling! in the Church). There also is NO HIERARCHY, Saint Paul also mentioned that in his letters as well.

      I pray that you do find the right church for you, ask God to guide you and don’t be afraid to try what He leads you to. I am so sorry about all the suffering you have gone through, it sounds absolutely soul-wrenching!

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  7. wonderful devotional Dr. Eowyn….I pray all souls who yearn for love to feel the shine of the glory of the Lord upon their hearts. Amen.

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