Rorate is pleased to offer to our readers a marvelous homily preached by a traditional Catholic priest last Sunday.
|Destruction of the Temple by Francesco Hayez|
Twenty-Fourth and Last Sunday after Pentecost
22 November 2015
This Sunday, indeed throughout the season of Advent (which begins next Sunday), the Church would have us ponder the Coming of the Lord Jesus in Judgment. In the past couple of weeks, the liturgy has already touched upon this Coming of Christ. Recall the parable of the wheat and the tares from two weeks ago: these will grow together, but only “until the harvest”. At that time, the reapers will be told to “gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned”, and then to gather the wheat into the barn of their master. When the disciples of the Lord ask Him the meaning of this parable, He tells them: “Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the close of the age. The Son of man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.”