A group of us were recently talking about general judgement at the end of time. It will be quite a moment when all will be known. Now, I realize we really haven’t a clue what it will be like, but there is a very real aspect to the excitement, and at the same time hesitancy at the thought of all that I’ve ever done will be known, good and bad. It’s not the good that makes me nervous, not that I don’t have confidence in the sacramental forgiveness of confession…..but EVERYTHING known, even that which I don’t’ remember. As we spoke of that moment, one in our group spoke of a universal moment of humility. At that moment when “my stuff” is aired, simultaneously with “your stuff”, ALL HEADS WILL BE BOWED. May we all practice bowing our heads, well and often.
All of us with bowed heads, humbly acknowledging our need for mercy, surely such honesty is pleasing to the Lord. As my head is bowed and my junk is aired, so is yours and your head is bowed and we all miss the misdeeds of others with our bowed heads and they miss ours as they are simultaneously brought to light. God would do that, use each of us and our misdeeds to help us not see the others. He wills to use all for good, how GOOD that would be!
The universal need for forgiveness and humility is part of our lived experience enlightened by faith. Lent is a good time to recall those needs, especially as we see the price of sin as we enter into Holy Week. May we have open hearts to receive His grace well.
In His Love,