Leviticus 4-6; Matthew 25

Matthew 25: 31-45: “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’  Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’  Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’ He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’”

Great passage to reflect on, especially if you are one of the “A loving God would not condemn…” people.  A retired Catholic educator with a degree in theology told me one time that Hell was a lie made up by old men to scare people into falling in line.  Uh, okey-dokey (slowly backing away).  In the Gospels the Everlasting Man is unequivocal about its existence.

GOD’S ANSWER: There is mercy, but there is also justice.

P.S. to my post yesterday

I took the anger fueling my little diatribe yesterday to the confessional, and was advised to “Hate the sin, not the sinner”  (or was it “Hate the sin, hate the sinner even more” – think it was the first one)  I admitted if one of those Rambo movies was made with ISIS as the bad guys (Why hasn’t one yet?  Box-office gold I tell you), I’m buying the biggest popcorn and soda they have and really enjoying Islamists getting offed in spectacular ways.  Does that make me a bad person?

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