THE SERVANT GENERAL
DEATH AND LIFE
February 27, 2015
What should be our ultimate goal? It is to experience the
salvation of Jesus and make it to heaven. It is not our ultimate
goal to have justice and peace on earth, as those are intermediate
goals while on earth, as a way of beginning to experience
concretely the salvation and liberation won for us by Jesus.
then is the way to salvation and eternal life in heaven? It
is to repent of sin and to do what God decrees. “But
if the wicked man turns away from all the sins he has committed,
if he keeps all my statutes and does what is just and right,
he shall surely live.” (Ez 18:21a). The way to salvation
is repentance for sin.
Catholics in cohabitation, those who have divorced and remarried
(not sacramental marriage), those who are in same-sex unions,
are all in objective sin. Some prelates in our Church want
to extend mercy and compassion by not speaking of their sin
but just by accepting them as they are. God certainly is a
God of mercy and compassion, but the way God wants sinners
back is for them to turn away from their sin. “Do I
find pleasure in the death of the wicked--oracle of the Lord
God? Do I not rejoice when they turn from their evil way and
live?” (Ez 18:23). Mercy is an invitation to repentance,
and repentance is the way to life.
how about those who want to show mercy and compassion but
not talk about sin, and just accept people’s sinful
condition (and even try to find positive elements in their
sin)? They will be liable. To condone sin is to do evil. It
deprives sinners of what is their due, which is forgiveness
borne out of repentance. It leads sinners astray, making them
comfortable in their sin. “And if the just turn from
justice and do evil, like all the abominations the wicked
do, can they do this evil and still live?” (Ez 18:24a).
This applies to both those who do the evil deeds, and to those,
especially those prelates tasked with the pastoral care of
God’s people, who in effect condone the evil deeds of
these prelates are just trying to help out, just trying to
extend mercy and compassion. You may say, “The Lord’s
way is not fair!” (Ez 18:25a). Again, we should all
extend mercy and compassion to sinners, but accepting them
in their sin and making them comfortable in their sin is not
the way. This does not speak of the justice and true mercy
of God. This brings false acceptance, because it is acceptance
of sin which prevents acceptance by God. To liberals and modernists
God says: “Is it my way that is unfair? Are not your
ways unfair?” (Ez 18:25b).
is the way of God for receiving mercy? “May your ears
be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, Lord, keep account
of sins, Lord, who can stand? But with you is forgiveness”
(Ps 130:2b-4a). Mercy is manifested by forgiveness which is
given to one who repents of sin.
is merciful, and God wants all to be saved. “For with
the Lord is mercy, with him is plenteous redemption”
(Ps 130:7b). But how is redemption to come? Is it to extend
mercy and compassion while in effect condoning sin? Or is
it to extend true mercy and compassion by addressing the sin,
bringing sinners to repentance, and thus to salvation? “And
he will redeem Israel from all its sins.” (Ps 130:8).
Redemption is not about feeling good because one is accepted
even in one’s sin. Redemption is always from sin.