Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Dear Friends, TODAY – we continue our reflections about the mysteries of the faith. It is a time for: FINAL JUDGEMENT
We will all receive the body before the final judgement. In his beauty and wealth will be a reward for our actions, done by us on earth. And in the absence of beauty and riches, there will be a punishment for the sinful use of the body on earth. After the universal resurrection of our bodies, the culminating point of the end of history will take place. Christ will come to earth for the second time, this time for the revelation of His Divine glory. Christ is a True God and True Man. At His first coming, during His birth in Bethlehem, He hid the majesty of His Deity and revealed His humanity. No one has ever seen the majesty of His Divine glory. Even on Mount Tabor during the Transfiguration, even after the Resurrection, only His humanity was noticed. Glorified, glorious, but human. It was necessary to believe in the Deity. Only the one who faithfully looked at Christ could see God in Him. Jesus’ humanity was humiliated, trampled, destroyed on Good Friday, but He never lost His dignity.
During the second coming of Jesus Christ, we will see His Divine glory, His majesty. All the attributes of God I have written about in many newsletters before (see at www.stswithuns.org.uk for the last few months) will be manifested in Christ: His omnipotence, justice, omniscience, His Divine majesty. This will be the end of learning about God through faith. From that moment, all intelligent creatures will see Christ God visually; they will see Him no longer on the basis of faith. Whether we want or do not want to – we’ll stand before His Majesty. Then any form of atheism will end in the world. Each knee will bend before the majesty of God. Our knowledge will come through a direct meeting with Him.
At the same time, along with the majesty of Christ, the beauty and value of the teaching that Jesus preached on earth as the incarnate Son of God will be revealed. The saved will then see what they have gained; the damned will understand what they have lost. In addition to the Revelation of the Divine majesty of Christ, the second important event on the Day of Judgement will be the division into two groups. Christ, presenting this, uses the image of a shepherd who divided humans and puts one on the right and the other on the left. The basis of the division will be true love. Hearts that could really love (but not according to their definition of love – but according to God’s definition of love – ‘Love each other, as I have loved you’) will be at the right hand. Hearts that ran out of true love will be on the left. The Last Judgement will be the end of the suffering of people remaining in purgatory. The process of purification and the process of human perfection will then be completed. With one look we will cover the whole of human history, starting with ‘Adam’ and ending with the last man who will live on the earth.
We will get to know what is hidden from our eyes today: we will discover the social dimension of each of our actions. We most often only see a tiny part of the fruits of our deeds, both good and bad; and on a unit scale. Then we often see how happy they are after taking first place. They are no longer waiting for a medal, they are happy simply because they won. And when the redeemed will see the greatness of their work, they will also notice that they know how to love; and they will find great happiness in this. This will be the first element of the eternal reward. This award is worked out; it is a reward for man’s hardship, for his loyalty to God’s Love.
Then we will have to receive the reward that God will give. It will be a completely new world; God prepares those who remained faithful to Him. A new, perfect world of pure love. Here’s the next prize. But the most valuable reward is that we will meet God face to face. So in life, we have to take care of this one thing: we have to learn to love truly so that we can experience love in a perfect way, because it determines the maturity of a human being. In meeting with God in eternity, we will perfectly realize the first commandment. God’s love with all our hearts and with all our strength will reach its fullness. It is known that the one who truly loves does not wait for the beloved person to come to him, so all these gifts, even the entire unimaginable Heaven, will be secondary in comparison with this, that God loved us. God loved us as a Father. One more element will surprise us, namely it will be a meeting with everyone we loved. This will be the family dimension of Heaven. It will not be only God and us, it will be us and God who will have a meeting with us in the community, in the family.
What about a penalty – Punishment.
We won’t see here any flogging, because God will not hit anyone. Hell will be the awareness of the lost opportunity. For man will discover that he could easily have become a saint, that everything was at his disposal, that so little had to be done to participate in the joy of victory. Not much was needed to win the competition on the earth, and the man lost it through his own fault. It will hurt, it will become a real misfortune. We will see what we have enriched in humanity for. Not just our loved ones, but all of humanity.
And what if by these actions in our lives – we have done harm to all humanity.
Each of our actions has a social character, it affects the entire human family. So, for example: Abraham, who lived thousands of years ago, still inspires others to trust in God with his faith, and so it will be until the end of time. This good example of great faith yields fruit in every generation. The patriarch will enjoy the final judgement of the work God has revealed through him. A similar situation occurred with the conversion of Saint Augustine, who for centuries through his “Confessions” helped others in finding the Creator. St. Augustine is dead for a long time, and constantly, through his work, calls others to meet with God.
But sometimes unfortunately there is the opposite situation. Someone wrote a bad, lying book, an article or made a scandalous movie, and it is really hard to count how many people have been scandalized and destroyed. The actor who appeared in the bad movie may not live long ago, but how many times is the film shown in which he played the scandalous role, the scandal is entered into his account. As good pays off in the next generations, so much is the burden on the one who is still inferior to others. This social dimension of our actions will be revealed. Many people who were rejected, underestimated, who occupied the last places on earth – at the final judgement will surprise by the length of their silence, unappreciated by people’s lives.
On the other hand, many of those who were favoured by public opinion will be overwhelmed with a sense of responsibility for quietly committed evil, hidden under many pretences of good. For example, a teacher who often struggles with many difficulties, raising generations of people, dies almost in oblivion, and on the final judgement will be recognized and appreciated for their efforts and creative contribution brought into the formation of thousands of people and amazed with the amount of their work. Many directors, applauded and rewarded for their works, will be horrified by the desolation that through them, their work has wounded the hearts of millions of viewers.
The Last Judgement will be the moment when God will publicly proclaim the eternal reward and eternal punishment. What will the reward be based on? It will be true happiness resulting from winning life. For example, we observe players during the Olympics or at the World Championships –
The second reason for suffering will be the awareness of the loss of this fantastic new world and the statement that he will not enter it, that Heaven will not be for him. The third reason for suffering is the crossed out chance of meeting God on the level of friendship, and this is a missed chance through self-blame. There will be a meeting with people who cannot love, because Hell is a community of egoists, and in such a community, man is only alone and is always unhappy. Dante, one of the most brilliant Christian writers, and at the same time one of the best theologians wrote about Hell, remarked that God only built the gate of Hell. In one of the last considerations, I emphasized that God did not create Hell. Dante also says that the gate of Hell is the work of all-powerful Love, but what is behind the gate of Hell is the work of a man who condemned himself. God does not create that reality. He had to give us a choice, but it will be our choice. Dante emphasized that the lack of love and hope is the source of suffering for those who are condemned. At the gate of Hell, Dante placed an inscription: “You who come in here, say goodbye to hope.” This is the prospect of eternal unhappiness: the impossibility of repeating life, the impossibility of using this opportunity for the second time.
I slowly end my reflection on the various stages of a man’s meeting with God as a Just Judge who rewards for good and punishes for evil. For the whole picture, we still have to stop and think about the mystery of suffering. We must ask the question: How to reconcile the suffering we face on earth with the justice of God, and especially how to reconcile the suffering of innocents, such as children, with the love of God? This question is extremely difficult, because we touch the secret, mystery in them, but it is necessary to put them in order that, to the extent permitted by God’s Revelation, this mystery can be approached, which I will try to do in subsequent newsletters. I am asking everyone for prayer.
With love and prayers and asking for yours, Fr. Marcin