Great Lent is coming; we’ve only a week to go. This Sunday coming is to be Meatfare, or Judgment Sunday, when we hear the gospel: “When the Son of Man comes in His glory….”. We will find ourselves at the judgment seat of Christ. How are we to be judged? Simple – we’ll be separated. In the word “separate” we see judgment. To judge means to set a line through the middle between what’s right and what’s wrong; and the question will be: where do we stand? It’s not a question we ask the judge but quite the opposite, the judge will ask us. Knowing the difference between the one and the other we make our choices. Sometimes the choices are bad and before we get to caught up and tangled we make every effort to free ourselves, correct our wrongs, and move forward. That’s life.
You know, it’s interesting how in the Beatitudes Christ says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness…”. You’ll note He doesn’t say blessed are the righteous, but those who hunger and thirst for it. I would imagine we all do that. We all want what’s good and lasting and true.
Lent has much to do with judgment; it’s during these days, more than any other, that we’re called to be mindful of ourselves: our faults, mistakes, sins, knowing that no one will judge us or condemn us or slander us unless we do it ourselves. Life, like Lent, isn’t about not making mistakes, it’s about fighting and working and striving for doing what’s right and good. And may God help all us achieve that goal.