Todays story is just that, a story.
Jesus is not endorsing any particular theology of the hereafter. He is rather making the point that we should seize all the opportunities for charity and responsibility which come along in our life.
We only go around once as the old beer add used to tell us.
Hence we must not so much as grab the glistening beer bottle as pursue all the opportunities to do good that we encounter.
Fr. Greeley's Last Book:
Once upon a time two girls joined Molly Whoopys girls basketball team at Mother Mary High School. They were very good players, but they didnt like to practice hard. One of them became a starter and the other sixth person. During games they played real hard, but because they didnt practice much and didnt listen to the coachs talks, and made all kinds of mistakes. The coach goes to Molly, like, maybe we should throw them off the team.
Sondra and Sonia, for that were their names, began to campaign to stay on the team. They were cute and funny and charming. They talked to every girl on the team, they tried to charm the coach, they had a party for the team, they gave the other players presents, they even showed up on time for practice, though they didnt practice very hard.
They took Molly to the ice cream store at the Mall and bought her a double chocolate malt with whipped cream because they knew Molly was a chocolate freak. Finally, theyre like, Molly, you know, weve been real dweebs, you know, but we, you know really want to stay on the team.
But Mollys like, if you had put in as much time and energy on practice as you have on charming everyone, then wed be in first place. Im like telling the coach you should be 11th and 12th on the team and earn your way back up." They werent very happy with that decision because, you know there are only ten players on team.
But Molly goes to her boyfriend Joe, Why didnt they work at basketball.
And Joes like its easier to buy you a double chocolate malt. And Mollys like WELL, it didnt do them any good.
1 Praise the LORD! Praise, O
servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD!
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