Omega – an unexpected end.

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INTRODUCTION

Tomorrow Sunday, November 22  Mt 25,31-46 is read. It’s about our end. My conclusion is based on the reading of Jesus kerygma, the Buddhist Pale Canon, and Eben Alexanders NDE. Read more in my post at http://www.kinberg.net/wordpress/stellan/2018/01/24/life-afterlife/  and in http://www.kinberg.net/wordpress/stellan/2020/11/04/9390/

INDEX

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The text

( N:B. The texts below are copied from www.christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )

Mt 25,31-46 says:

“25:31 “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory.
25:32 Before him all the nations will be gathered, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
25:33 He will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
25:34 Then the King will tell those on his right hand, ‘Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;
25:35 for I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink. I was a stranger, and you took me in.
25:36 I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you visited me. I was in prison, and you came to me.’
25:37 “Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you; or thirsty, and give you a drink?
25:38 When did we see you as a stranger, and take you in; or naked, and clothe you?
25:39 When did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you?’
25:40 “The King will answer them, ‘Most certainly I tell you, in as much as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
25:41 Then he will say also to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels;
25:42 for I was hungry, and you didn’t give me food to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink;
25:43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t take me in; naked, and you didn’t clothe me; sick, and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’
25:44 “Then they will also answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and didn’t help you?’
25:45 “Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Most certainly I tell you, inasmuch as you didn’t do it to one of the least of these, you didn’t do it to me.’ 25:46 These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

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The message

25:40 “The King will answer them, ‘Most certainly I tell you, in as much as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

This reminds me of what is said in the Buddhist Pale Kanon. The lord of the deads, Yamas,  asks the newcomer what he did during his earthly time. Read more about this  in http://www.kinberg.net/wordpress/stellan/2018/01/24/life-afterlife/#Buddhism-afterlife 

The Pope interpreted today’s message at his Angelus. Here is the Angelus on my channel with transcript activated. Load the translate extension in your browser, select “open transcript”  and select “translate page” in your extension.

today we celebrate the solemnity of our lord Jesus christ king of the universe with which we close the liturgical year. 
it is the great parable in which the mystery of Christ unfolds throughout the liturgical year.
 
He is the alpha and the omega, the fulfillment of the story. The liturgy year focuses on omega, that is, on the final goal. 
 
The sense of history is understood keeping in front of the eyes its culmination, the end, and also the end. And that’s what it is  
 Matthew says in this Sunday’s Gospel, placing Jesus’ discourse on universal judgment to the epilogue of his earthly life.
 He whom men are about to condemn is, in reality, the supreme judge in his death and resurrection
Jesus will show himself the lord of history, the king of the Universe, the judge of all.
 
But the Christian paradox is that the judge does not have a fearful royalty but is a shepherd full of meekness and mercy.
In fact, in this parable of the final judgment, Jesus uses the image of the shepherds. 
He takes the picture from prophet Ezekiel who spoke of God’s intervention in favor of the people against the bad shepherds of Israel.
These have been cruel, exploiters preferring themselves rather than the flock.  
Therefore God himself promises to personally take care of his flock by defending it from injustices and abuses. This promise of God for his people has come true fully in Jesus Christ, the shepherd. 
He himself is the good shepherd, he said about himself “I am a good shepherd”. In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus not only identifies himself  
with the king, a  shepherd but also with the little lost ones we could speak of a double identity, the king shepherd, and also Jesus is the sheep that is with the smallest and most needy brothers.
He identifies himself and thus indicates the criterion of judgment. It will be close on the basis of concrete love given or denied  to these people because he himself, the judge is present in each of them and he urges him and  
I am a man but he too and the poor are hidden and always in the person of the poor whom he explains which he mentions right there. 
Jesus says “in truth, I tell you everything you have done or not you did it to only one of these little brothers of mine, you did it or you didn’t to me.
“We will be judged on love, the judgment will be on love not on feeling. No, we will be judged on the works, on the compassion that is the closeness of thoughtful help.
“Do I get closer to Jesus present in the person of the sick, the poor, and the suffering, the prisoners,  of those who hunger and thirst for justice? Do  I approach Jesus’ presence?
This is the
question today. So the lord at the end of the world will review his flock and he will do it not only on the side of the shepherd but also on the side of the sheep with which he identified himself. And he will ask us “have you been a little shepherd like me?” “Have you been the shepherd of me who was present with these people who were in need or were you indifferent? “.
 
Brothers and sisters,  let’s beware of the logic of indifference, what comes to mind immediately, look elsewhere when we see a problem. 
Let us recall the parable of the good Samaritan. 
That poor man, wounded by brigands, thrown to the ground, being between life and death. He was there alone and there passed a priest, that saw and went away. He looked away. He passed the Levite and looked away. In front of my brothers and sisters in need, am I as indifferent as this priest, this levitate and look away? 
I will be judged on how I  approached, on how I looked.
Jesus present in the needy, this is the logic and I am not seeing it  
Jesus said: ” in as much as you did it to one of the least of these, my brothers, you did it to me. Jesus teaches us this logic…
 

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conclusion

I believe that “How you prepare your bed in this life, you will sleep in your next”

I believe that we don’t have to wait until the come back of Jesus. Things will happen when we die as Eben Alexander and many others in  NDE have experienced. Read my post at http://www.kinberg.net/wordpress/stellan/2020/11/04/9390/ 

We will probably have a “deja vu” when we die. As Jesus and Buddhists say, we will be  judged. But as Jesus said, that judgment won’t be a “You now go to Hell!!!”.
God is all understanding. God understands our bodily weakness. The animal brain we have inherited.
I presume that God will say  after the review of your life:

“Without your body, you don’t have anymore the possibility to tap your ears, close your eyes and ignore. your soul can not ignore the voice of your victims. You will here met your victims and strongly feel the pains you created on earth. I am sorry but you have been warned. You have created your own hell, a hell you will live with until you are forgotten by your victims.”.


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