The Letter to the Romans is a powerful expression of St. Paul’s thought. In this passage we discover the danger of judging others and glossing over our own sins. Rather, we acknowledge our need for the Savior and embrace the grace of the Cross.
This well known passage from the Gospel of John reminds us that it was out of love for sinful humanity that God sent Jesus Christ for our salvation. May we humbly acknowledge the darkness within our hearts and turn to the one who longs to make us whole.
The encounter between Jesus and the woman caught in adultery offers an insight into both the judgment and mercy of God. May we cherish the Lord’s compassion as we honestly examine our hearts for whatever keeps us from God and one another.
Like fishermen who cast their nets and then sort their catch on land, Jesus teaches that we will be sorted at the end of time. Knowing that there will come a day when we will judged can help us live each day as a precious gift that is meant to be lived with faithful conviction.
Sometimes we might be tempted to downplay the presence of evil and final judgment…no so, today, in the Gospel of Matthew! The Lord explains a parable with grim consequences for those who choose to follow the path that leads to death and eternal damnation.
Sometimes we can take for granted the time we have on earth, delaying important and even crucial tasks until it is too late. The Lord reminds us that in the end there will be a harvest…and the crop we grow will determine our destination in eternal life.
The Gospel of John reveals the relationship between Jesus and his heavenly Father, establishing Christ as the Just Judge before whom we will all stand. Our opportunity is to take each day as a precious gift, reconciling our hearts and seeking to follow the Lord with all our heart.