I. Homily – All Souls Day – November 2, 2014
II. Do not judge lest we be judged!
A. This is the command from our Lord.
B. And, yet, nature judges all the time doesn’t she?
1. If we do not take care of our bodies, they break down and our lives are shortened.
2. If we do not paint our house, the wood rots.
3. Nature passes her judgment.
4. The reality is that the natural world settles her account with natural things in the here and now. In nature, one action will have a specific reaction. If you mix water with baking soda, gas is released…, but this consistency is in the natural order of things.
C. What about in the moral order?
1. This is not always the case even our Lord acknowledges that the sun shines and the rain pours on the just and the unjust alike.
2. There are numerous examples in which the virtuous receive a negative result and the evil person is seemingly rewarded in the here and now.
a) “There is too much anguished innocence; too much unpunished wrong; too much suffering of the good; too much prosperity of the evil; too much pain for those who obey God’s laws; too much good repute for those who sin unseen; too much scorn for those who pray in secret; too many unsung saints; too many glorified sinners…”
b) But, our Lord reminds us that the reckoning day does come. We remember that the reason we human beings must not just is because we are not God…we cannot see within hearts and we do not have the authority to pass judgments we cannot see through.
c) But, there is a day when we do all stand before the throne of God for judgment: in fact, what we believe is that there are two judgments, the particular judgment which occurs immediately after death and the final judgment which happens on the last day.