Kelly Klee ‘02
One line in this Gospel is repeated: the master of the house twice says to the person trying to enter, "I do not know where you come from." This is an interesting statement. He doesn't say, "I do not know you," which would imply the two had not previously met. The text suggests they do know one another, just not well. Their relationship lacks intimacy, and the master of the house levels that like an accusation. “You claim you know me," he seems to say, "but you don't really."
The master’s words remind us that we are called to an intimate relationship with Christ. This can be a challenge. Intimacy requires commitment, consistency, time given freely and generously.
This last demand often seems to be the obstacle when I limp along in my spiritual life. I am mother to four small children (with a fifth coming soon) and life is full. There are countless reasons I don't have time to pray—but in the end I must admit they are excuses. A favorite spiritual writer, Jacques Philippe, addresses this issue pointedly: "Time is not always the real problem. The real problem is knowing what really matters in life...no one has yet starved to death because they didn't have time to eat." He goes on, "We must acquire the wise habit of abandoning all activities, even the most urgent and important ones, in order to give time freely to God."
When I do set time aside for prayer, I see tangible differences in my life. I’m more patient, joyful, grateful. Let us pray for the desire to persevere in prayer, in the hope that when we come to the master's house and knock upon the door, we will be welcomed as well-known friends to the heavenly banquet.