“But God said to him: Thou fool,
this night your soul will be required of you! And the
things you have acquired, whose will they be?”
(St. Luke 12.20)
whom is God speaking? For some
who read this now … yes, at this very moment … the answers is — YOU!
Certainly it will one day be you. 100%.
Your priorities suddenly become quite
All your pretensions about the question
of God’s existence — about Heaven and Hell — and about the way you have
lived your life — have come to this: the betrayal of reality by pretensions
that what must be will not be — and
will not come to your door. Not this night.
The obituaries are filled, row by row,
each day by those whose pretensions — like yours — came to an abrupt
end and reality could be eluded no longer. Don’t believe me? Open
tomorrow’s paper — if you are not in it.
There will be an accounting — and
you think that somehow you alone will be exempt from it.
Do I say this to frighten you?
God Himself said it
— to save you!
it for a moment — and return to God from Whom we should have never
strayed. He is the only One to save you from the Lake of
Fire that is called the Second Death 1
which many of us so richly deserve. Return to the Church that
baptized you, that nourished you with the Sacraments, and that
one day will bury you.
The hour is
appointed, and however untimely death is, she is never late — and,
strange to say, neither will you be.
I tell you nothing new, nothing that
you have not already known — or at least suspected — and for all
your bravado you move inexorably toward it.
“Tomorrow” is a conjecture at
Think on that, too.
God is waiting. The next move is yours
— and it may be your last.
You will not hear this from the pulpit.
Sadly it is likely that you have not heard it since Vatican II. But
let it be said, that we may be without excuse:
“Now is the acceptable time.”
(2 Cor. 6.2)
sake — and yours — seize it!
we are, let us not despair
To despair of the saving love of God is
to deny God “for Whom all things are
possible” (Saint Matthew 19.26) This is the Parable
of the the Vineyard (Saint Matthew 20. 1-16): — even unto the last
moment of our lives on earth God’s mercy and forgiveness is open to
us — but we must remember, only until the moment
of death ... but not beyond it. Once we have crossed
that bourne, our wills remain as they were at the time of death:
what we had decided in the way of our relationship to God (either to
ignore Him, dismiss Him, or
to pretend that He does not exist) we enter into a new realityeternity
But for that reason, do not be guilty
of the sin of presumption: thinking that God will save you no matter
what, and therefore do as you will without fear of consequences.
God is loving, but God is
Let us, then, love God: it is for that
end that we were created. Not to be successful or powerful or admired
by the world; not to be happy in this life (we will never be) or free
from suffering. Our reason for being is to love God and to
do His will — not ours.
Yes, let us fear Hell — from which Christ delivered all who turn to
Him; those who for His sake deny themselves daily, take up their
Cross, and follow Him (Saint Luke 9.23) against the raging winds
of the world and unseen powers that incessantly call us to deny Him.
This we must not do, for He has warned us that
those who “deny Me
before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in Heaven.”
(Saint Matthew 10.33)
Yes, Hell is frightfully real —
but so is Heaven where dwells the One Who tells us,
“though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be
as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like
wool” (Isaiah 1.18).
If only we turn to Him, for
“The blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all
sin.” (Saint John 1.7) and
“Jesus Christ, Who is the faithful witness, the first begotten of the
dead, and the Prince of the kings of the earth, Who hath loved us, and
washed us from our sins in His own blood” (Apocalypse 1.5)
nothing to fear — except sin
Avoid it as the
deadliest poison that it is, and hope in the mercy of God. Sin is not
only disobedience to God — it is death to the soul.
We have good reason
to fear Hell because we do not fear sin.
Flee it, and
slam the door on the face of Hell, and him who awaits those
who think it folly.
To God, to Heaven
— there let us fly in a hope that will not disappoint
us: "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither
hath it entered into the heart of man, what things God hath prepared
for them that love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2.9)
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