Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Apostles Creed - Part 8

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Jesus will return to earth someday – we know not when. He told us that he did not come to condemn the world but to save it. So, when he comes as judge, he will judge us in the tribunal of love and mercy. It is called the tribunal of love because God will put one question to your life. Did you love Me back? And His judgment will be nothing other than the manifestation of the true answer to that question. It is called the tribunal of mercy because God wants to show mercy to all, that is, to heal us so profoundly that we do in truth love him back. His mercy is always there for us, he is eager to show mercy, and he turns away none who ask for his mercy. All who call upon his mercy receive it in abundance, and so long as they call upon it they undergo a gradual transformation that prepares their hearts to hear a glorious verdict in the tribunal of love. Only those who are deliberately skeptical of his mercy, who harden their hearts against his love, need to fear the tribunal. How does his mercy, by being believed, prepare our hearts for the glorious verdict?

To be continued...

For those who are called, religious life is the place or the "state" where we "love Him back."  It is the place where we undergo the "gradual transformation that prepares our hearts to hear a glorious verdict in the tribunal of love."

God bless you all,

Fr. Isaac Mary Spinharney, CFR
St. Joseph Friary
Harlem, NY