I’m in a men’s group at St. Monica Catholic Church and we are reading/discussing a book by Fr. Larry Richards called “Be A Man.”

One thing in the book struck me. Fr. Richards shared the story of teaching in a high school for several years and ever year he would ask the students; “what do you want to accomplish this year?” Some students would reply with something to the effect – “Fr. Richards we want to win the state championship!” Fr. Richards would ask, well, how are you going to accomplish that? The answer was always about practicing for hours a day, lifting weights, studying plays, etc…

After listening to all the replies, Fr. Richards would ask, “who wants to go to heaven?” Of course, everyone raised their hand anxiously. Fr. Richards would then ask a rhetorical question – “Is going to Mass an hour a week on Sunday and thinking about being good a few times during the week going to cut it?” Obviously, we all know the answer. No…

The point Fr. Richards was making (I believe) was that we have to put work into knowing Jesus like we know our spouse or best friend. We have to study, pray and hopefully behave how Jesus does towards us everyday.

Isn’t eternal life as important as winning the state championship?

This sounds like work.

It is…

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