At the moment of judgment we experience and we absorb the overwhelming power of his love over all the evil in the world and in ourselves – Spe Salvi –

Posted on July 21, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

When we stand before the throne of God justice and grace will meet in the gaze of Christ Jesus.
Before his gaze all falsehood melts away. This encounter with him, as it burns us, transforms and frees us, allowing us to become truly ourselves. All that we build during our lives can prove to be mere straw, pure bluster, and it collapses. Yet in the pain of this encounter, when the impurity and sickness of our lives becomes evident to us, there lies salvation. His gaze, the touch of his heart heals us through an undeniably painful transformation “as through fire” [I Corinthians 3:15]. But it is a blessed pain, in which the holy power of his love sears through us like a flame, enabling us to become totally ourselves and thus totally of God. In this way the interrelation between justice and grace also becomes clear: the way we live our lives is not immaterial, but our defilement does not stain us forever if we have at least continued to reach out
towards Christ, towards truth and towards love… At the moment of judgment we experience and we absorb the overwhelming power of his love over all the evil in the world and in ourselves. The pain of love becomes our salvation and our joy.
Pope Benedict XVI,Spe salvi,47
excerpt from:

by The Rev. Daren J. Zehnle
4 May 2008
The Ascension of the Lord (A)

Liked it here?
Why not try sites on the blogroll...

%d bloggers like this: