Every once in a while we read in the scriptures what must have been one of the main themes of the teachings of Jesus. namely that at the end of time all of us will be judged by God.  In today’s gospel passage Jesus uses a fishing analogy to make this point to his disciples.

Jesus said to the disciples:
“The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea,
which collects fish of every kind.
When it is full they haul it ashore
and sit down to put what is good into buckets.
What is bad they throw away.
Thus it will be at the end of the age.
The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous
and throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”

In our modern times many of us have fallen into the error of assuming that every person who even had a passing experience of Jesus is guaranteed to spend eternity in Heaven. Throughout the New Testament Jesus explicitly refutes this falsehood.  Heaven is not the reward for being a better person than Hitler or Stalin.  Heaven is reserved for the righteous, those who know and worship Jesus Christ and do his will in their time on earth.

If we reject him we do the work of the evil one, and we will be separated from God and thrown into the fiery furnace with the rest of the wicked.


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