Dear friends and Carmelites,
Whenever the Word of God is preached, it would either awaken or harden a hearer. His Word could either pierce the hearer’s heart or like water that runs off a duck’s back. Some hear the Gospel and are overwhelmed by the wondrous love of God and His amazing grace. Others are simply indifferent and refuse His truth.
Lord Kenneth Clark, internationally known for his television series Civilization, lived and died without faith in Jesus Christ. He admitted in his autobiography that while visiting a beauti-ful church he had what he believed to be an overwhelming re-ligious experience. “My whole being,” Clark wrote, “was irra-diated by a kind of heavenly joy far more intense than any-thing I had known before.” But the “gloom of grace,” as he described it, created a problem. If he allowed himself to be in-fluenced by it, he knew he would have to change, his family might think he had lost his mind, and maybe that intense joy would prove to be an illusion. So he concluded, “I was too deeply embedded in the world to change course” (ODB, 1994).
It’s real tragic that Lord Kenneth Clark was so near and yet so far from the salvation. He had experienced the touch of God’s grace but chose to reject Him. He knew that his life had to be radically changed if he decided to accept Jesus as his Lord and Saviour. He knew he might be ridiculed by his loved ones. God’s Word has indeed fallen on deaf ears.
Sadly, today there are many like Lord Kenneth Clark. They are resisting God’s gift of His Son Jesus Christ. Some may not be willing to change or find it hard to give up the things of the world. The apostle Peter prompts us to reconsider: “All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower fall s away, but the word of the Lord endures forever. Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you” (1 Peter 1:24-25).
Others may not be ready as they believe that there will al-ways be another time. But the writer James warned us “whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14).
Friends, God’s Word is life. Do not hesitate to respond to God’s Word as there may not be another time.
Saved by grace,
Life is temporal but God’s truth is enduring