Cycle A

4th Sunday in Lent – Year B – March 11, 2018

From there He will come to judge

 

There is a video by Fr. Fernando Armellini with English subtitles
commenting on today’s Gospel reading:
https://youtu.be/mv6QWjeDyaQ

 

Introduction

 

One day God will evaluate the success or failure of one’s life. “From there He will come to judge” is one of the articles of the faith we profess, but perhaps we have not ever wondered what from there means. “From there, from where?” We have not asked this question, perhaps because the answer seems obvious to us: He will return from heaven.

 

The Risen Lord promised to be with his disciples “always, to the close of the age” (Mt 28:20), therefore, there is no need to wait for his return and the throne on which he sits to pronounce his judgment should not be placed in heaven, but on earth. Where? Here’s the surprise: it is from the cross that he judges the world.

 

It is Jesus, the crucified who, reversing the expectations and values of the world, judges the defeats a victory, service a power, poverty a wealth, the loss a gain, humiliation a triumph, death a birth. It is with the crucified Jesus that we have to deal, because he alone is the one “who tells the truth” about human choices. It is only his judgment that should be “feared,” i.e., accepted and followed.

 

The judgment of the Crucified does not inculcate fear. It is, yes, the most severe condemnation of all wickedness but it is a motive of joy and hope for the sinner; from the Crucified, in fact, everyone feels only to repeat: “I did not come to condemn the world, but to save the world” (Jn 12:47).

 

To internalize the message, we repeat:
Let me not fear the judgments of people, but to follow your judgments, O Crucified One.”

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34th Sunday in Ordinary Time / Solemnity of Christ the King – Year A – November 26, 2017

God the Judge… To Save

 

There is a video by Fr. Fernando Armellini with English subtitles
commenting on today’s Gospel reading:
https://youtu.be/W2SGe8c92sI

Introduction

 

“Go, cursed people, out of my sight into the eternal fire, which has been prepared for the devil and his angels” (Mt 25:41). These are the most terrible words that we find in the gospel and are not the only ones on the lips of Jesus. Luke and Matthew remember others: “I don’t know where you come from! Away from me, all you workers of evil” (Lk 13:27). “The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom all that is scandalous and all who do evil. And these will be thrown into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Mt 13:41-42). “Bind his hands and feet and throw him into the dark” (Mt 22:13). “But his master will come on the day he does not know, and at the hour he least expects. He will dismiss that servant, and deal with him as with the hypocrites. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Mt 24:51).

 

These phrases are clearly etched in our minds. They have inspired legions of artists who painted scenes of terror, despair, and torment. They have suggested lyrics such as the Dies irae, the most impressive of the descriptions of the Last Judgment. They have offered inspiration to musicians who have translated into sounds the anguish of the crucial moment when Christ will pronounce the final judgment.

 

The judgment of God has been presented and continues today to be seen by many as a dramatic rendering of account. Thus an encounter with the Lord, far from being desired and expected, is for everyone, even for the righteous, a big unknown. In the face of the One who “who can charge his angels with error” (Job 4:18) who can feel safe? Many Christians already consider a great luck being able to take a few years of purgatory.

 

Is this the justice of God?

 

To internalize the message, we repeat:
Let the heavens rejoice and earth be glad because the Lord judges the world… with his justice.”

 

Watch the Bible Study Session held in Epiphany Parish, Mui Wo

by Fr. Alberto Rossa: https://youtu.be/W-Vgkoq2O_A

 

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