fool, this night your soul will be required of you
“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?”
To 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 different, yes? All your pretensions about the
question of God’s existence … about Heaven and Hell … 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
The obits 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
God said it —
to save you!
Think on it — and return to
God, to the Church, and to the Sacraments.
The hour is
appointed, and however untimely death, 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 withal.
“Tomorrow” is a
conjecture at most. 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 — seize it!
Fools that we are, let us not despair!
To despair of the saving love of God is to deny God
for Whom all things are possible
(St. Mat. 19.26) This is the Parable of the the Vineyard
(St. Mat. 20. 1-16) — even unto the last moment of our lives on
earth God’s mercy and forgiveness is open
to us. But for that reason, do not be guilty of the sin of
presumption: that God will save us no matter what, and therefore
let us do as we will without fear of consequences. God is
loving, but God is also just.
Let us, then, love God — for
that end 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 (St. 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.” (Mat. 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” (Is.
If only we turn to Him, for
“The blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us
from all sin.” (St. 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”
We have 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.
God-ward, Heaven-ward —
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 Cor. 2.9)
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