The day is coming now, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and the evil-doers will be like stubble. The day that is coming is going to burn them up, says the Lord of Hosts, leaving them neither root nor stalk. But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness will shine out with healing in its rays.
The First reading at Mass today threatens radical cleansing. Those who are arrogant and do evil will be burnt up and consumed. Those who fear the name of the Lord – those who honour and cherish it – will be cleansed by the love of the Lord, cleansed and healed.
The scripture surely makes us hope that we are amongst the latter group!
- If we think we are, what makes us think so?
- And what might the Lord think?
- And if we fear we might not be, what help might we ask of the Lord before his judgement comes our way?
Window. Our Lady of the Rosary, Marylebone. (c) 2007, Allen Morris