I really hate queuing; I think it’s one of the worst things in life. I don’t like to waste my time waiting. Especially when I thought it was going to be a short wait but it ended up being a long one. I am never sure how long it’s going to take. Most of all, I hate when someone cuts in line and gets served before me. The queue at the market, queue at the Government Office, queue at the music festival, queue at the bank, queue up to vote, etc. With all that queuing, I really hope there won’t be a queue at the Pearly Gates! What if there’s one? How would it be?
Well, I guess that we would already have our ticket given to us at Baptism but our number could change during our life. Some unexpected people would be ahead of us (Tax collectors, prostitutes, drug addicts, criminals) because there is actually a rightful way to cut in line. The secret is to repent and act. It is better to say no to God and change your mind than saying yes and not doing anything. St James the Just said: “Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith.” (James 2: 18)
After a certain point, it will be impossible to change place in the queue. We don’t know when our time will come; will it be long or short nobody knows except the Father. Since we will wait, maybe we should do something useful with our time. What we should do is follow the example of Christ. If we fail to do so, repent and change our ways. How can we do that? Pray more, read the Bible, practice charity, and always try to improve ourselves and deepen our relationship with God. Also, go to confession when needed, pray for forgiveness and clean our inner Temple by changing our bad habits. One last thing, it is not as difficult to queue when you have friends to share with during the wait.