There was a long line of travelers waiting for immigration clearance at a Florida airport. The immigration officers seemed to be exercising unusual care in inspecting baggage and credentials. After waiting in line for almost two hours, one man finally said in a loud voice, “Entering the United States is harder than entering the Kingdom of Heaven.” Whereupon, one of the immigration officers shot back, “My friend, there’s a lot more folks tryin’!”
Not so in today’s Gospel Lesson in which everyone is trying to get into the Kingdom of Heaven! All are lined up awaiting the King’s final judgment. It comes down to this, Jesus says:
Did you see your neighbor through God’s eyes, and act accordingly. If you did, you have God’s blessing; you have inherited the Kingdom “prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Mt. 25:34).
But if the judgment is that you did not live in this manner, then, in the language of the parable, you…
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