"And I beheld, and heard the voice of one eagle flying through the midst of heaven,
saying with a loud voice: Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth....
[Apocalypse (Revelation) 8:13]

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Fr. Campbell, “The Day of the Lord” (2Pet.3:10)

“The Day of the Lord” (2 Pet.3:10)

Fr. Campbell 

With Palm Sunday we begin the most solemn time of the Liturgical Year, Holy Week. A passage from the book of the prophet Isaiah speaks of the redemptive sufferings of Christ:


“Despised and the most abject of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with infirmity: and his look was as it were hidden and despised. Whereupon we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our infirmities and carried our sorrows: and we have thought him as it were a leper, and as one struck by God and afflicted. But he was wounded for our iniquities: he was bruised for our sins. The chastisement of our peace was upon him: and by his bruises we are healed” (Is.53:3-5).

Our Lord’s own words tell us that in these times we must also endure sufferings and sorrows:

“Take care that no one leads you astray, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. For you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars. Take care that you do not be alarmed, for these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there will be pestilences and famines and earthquakes in various places. But all these things are the beginning of sorrows” (Mt.24:4-8).

Unfortunately for the world, most of the world’s population has already been “led astray” and into the darkness of unbelief and sin. They think that freedom means they can do anything they please, and that they don’t have to answer to God for their actions. But being free from error and sin is what we need. Our Savior tells us how we become free:

“Amen, amen, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin. But the slave does not abide in the house forever; the son abides there forever. If therefore the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” (Jn.8:34-36).

We have a choice. Either we become free through faith in Jesus Christ and by His grace, or we remain slaves of this world, which really means to be slaves of the devil. And that means ending up in Hell – for all eternity. St. Paul says it well:

“The day of the Lord is to come as a thief in the night. For when they shall say ‘Peace and security,’ even then will sudden destruction come upon them, as birth pangs upon her who is with child, and they will not escape” (1Thess.5:2,3).

The “freedom” that is of this world never lasts. They may wave their flags, carry their signs, and march to their tunes of glory. But the freedom the world promises us is not true freedom at all. What the world really wants is freedom from God and His Laws. They want their abortion rights, they want to cavort in public following their rainbow flags, and they care nothing about the rights of decent citizens and the little children whose innocence is betrayed. We know what God’s Holy Word says about this:

“Woe to you that call evil good, and good evil: that put darkness for light, and light for darkness: that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter. Woe to you that are wise in your own eyes, and prudent in your own conceits… Therefore as the tongue of the fire devoureth the stubble, and the heat of the flame consumeth it: so shall their root be as ashes, and their bud shall go up as dust. For they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and have blasphemed the word of the Holy one of Israel” (Is.5:20,21;24).

The truth is, that unless the Lord makes us free, we are still slaves of this world, and will burn forever in the fire of Hell, unless we turn with our whole heart to the Lord and obey His Holy Commandments. For those who believe, this is not difficult, says St. John:

“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God. And everyone who loves him who begot, loves also the one begotten of him. In this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and do his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments; and his commandments are not burdensome. Because all that is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith. Who is there that overcomes the world if not he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1Jn.5:1-5).

Why are His Commandments not burdensome? Because it is by His grace that we are enabled to keep them! In this Holy Week we must follow Our Lord in spirit as He carries His Cross to Calvary, while we look forward to celebrating His glorious Resurrection on Easter Sunday.