Then you will stand outside knocking and saying
"Lord open the door for us" (Luke 13:25)
Imagine that day.
You are standing up there at the pearly gates to Paradise.
You can see St. Peter and those legendary keys. You can see your family members and friends standing on the other side, anxiously awaiting your arrival. You can see the splendor and glory of Heaven.
It is even more beautiful than your wildest dreams.
It is beyond perfect.
This is what you lived for. This is what you hoped for. And this is what you prayed for.
You are right there. Ready to be happy for eternity.
But what if it all wasn't enough?
What if you aren't invited in?
What if you hear those horrific words from today's Gospel - "Depart from me all you evildoers"?
What regrets would go through your mind?
What would you wish you'd have done differently?
What would you change, starting today?