To choose citizenship in the Kingdom of Heaven requires strength and courage. Our Lord has opened the gates for us to enter. Through His birth, death and resurrection, we all now have our ‘entry card’. But we still have to decide if we want to live there.
To live eternally with the Lord requires a certain type of violence (Mt. 11:11-15). It is one that demands strength of character in not imitating the vice of the world; not yielding to sin and not responding to the darkness we encounter in others. Be strong in the Lord.
Lord Jesus, the violence of Your crucifixion cannot compare to the joy of Your resurrection. May we choose to use our time and energy to live as worthy citizens of Your kingdom. Amen.