Dear Christian friends, the readings for this Sunday – the Last Sunday of the Church Year – are: Matthew 25:31-46; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28; Ezekiel 34:11-16,20-24; Psalm 95:1-7a. Again the readings all have to do with Christ’s coming on the Last Day and the final judgment he will render at that time.
What a mixture of feelings comes with the Day of the Lord! Both Jesus and Ezekiel warn of a great separation that will take place at that time. Those with fruit-bearing faith in Jesus will inherit his kingdom while those who have born the fruits of unbelief (selfishness, abuse of power, etc.) will be thrown into a fire of eternal suffering (Matt 25, Ezek 34). On that day, every person who holds power in the world will submit to the authority of Christ (1 Cor 15).
As Christians we take no delight in the thought of the many in our world who will suffer eternal condemnation. It’s important to remember that neither does God. He sent Jesus to give his life not for some, but for ALL. Yet a gift that is forced upon us can no longer be called a gift. Those whom Jesus will separate from himself on the Last Day are those who wanted nothing to do with him while on earth. Tragically, on that Day, their last wish will be granted, to their eternal regret. Our mission, for the time we’ve been given, is to pray for these lost people. Pray for them, and love them. By our speech and conduct we must be the beacon of Christ’s light showing a better way that leads to a better future. God is merciful. There is still time.