The sixth chapter of Luke could well be a handbook for living the Christian life. In his Sermon on the Plain, Jesus speaks of both blessings and woes before laying out how to treat your neighbor: “Do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you” (verses 27-28). Including advice that can’t go wrong, “Do to others as you would have them do to you” (verse 31).
Reflecting on his words, I am reminded of an Italian immigrant who, because there had not been a Catholic Church in the remote area he lived, worshiped with non-Catholic neighbors. When death was near, he called the minister and asked him to find a priest who could administer the last rites.
The minister was confused. “Brother, why now when you’ve worshiped with us all these years?”
The old man replied, “Pastor, dying is serious business, and I want to see a priest.”
Until that last day comes for all of us, it is well to keep the sixth chapter of Luke in mind!
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