In one of the Garfield cartoons he is shown resting droopy-eyed in his bed thinking to himself. “One of my pet peeves,” he says to himself, “is people who never finish what they start.” As he cracks a knowing smile he says, “I do not happen to be one of those people.” The last frame shows Garfield under the bedcovers saying, “My Philosophy is, `never start anything.’”
Garfield the cat reminds me of many Christians I have known. These folks are good people, gracious individuals, loving souls, and moral folks. The only problem is that they can stand absolutely motionless for years on end. They don’t have any problem finishing what they start because they rarely start anything. It is for them and for all of us, that Christ asked this plaintive question: “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” (Luke 6:46)
That is one of the most mystifying questions in the world. “Why do you call me, `Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” A God Flash
It doesn’t make sense. It always amazes me when young people sign up to go to a Catholic high school or college, knowing that at that high school or college there will be certain expectations for appropriate behavior. Then they proceed to violate many of the rules. Why didn’t they go to a public high school or state school in the first place?
Why do people show up all enthused and register for the parish and pledge their support and say they want to become active and then promptly disappear? Why did they bother to join the parish in the first place?
Why do people claim the name of Christian, saying that they are a follower of Jesus Christ, and then live in a way that is totally contrary to everything for which Jesus stood? What I hear coming out of the mouths of people everyday who say they are Christian, and not just bad language, astounds me. A God Notice
“Why do you call me, `Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” It is a mystifying question.
God will tell us the way to go, but we have to do the walking.