“At the end of the age, the angels will go out and gather up the evil people from among the good and will throw them into the fiery furnace, where they will cry and grind their teeth.”(Mt 13:49, 50)
In the creation account of the book of Genesis we read, “Then God saw the light was good; and God separated light from the darkness.” (Gen 1:4) God’s first act, then, was separating light from the darkness. When God chose a people for himself, i.e., Israel, he separated them from the other pagan people and made covenant with them. In today’s reading we hear, “at the end of the age, the angels will go out and gather up the evil people from among the good.” (Mt 13:49). Both at the very beginning of creation and at the end of the age we find a message of separation and judgment. The light is separated from the darkness and the evil is separated from the good. That means judgment is definite and clear. We also share in this mission of God. We have to be aware of this and make others aware of this. This judgment may not be something we face only at the end of the age. St. John says, “This is how the judgment works; the light has come into the world, but people love the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds are evil.”(Jn 3:19) In other words, whenever people fail to a make difference between good and evil, or whenever they like to live bad life though they know it is against God, they make themselves come under judgment. In the book of Hebrews we read, “It is impossible to restore again to repentance those who have once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit…..”(Heb 6:4) Therefore, on this Lord’s Day, Sunday, let us keep ourselves pure, true, just, honest, faithful, kind etc., and be separated from all evils. Amen.
Take courage God is with you! Have a nice and blissful day….