A Gospel Reflection
by Deacon Joe Coan
Wednesday, May 6th
4th Week of Easter
Jesus said, “Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me. I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness. And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them, I do not condemn him, for I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world. Whoever rejects me and does not accept my words has something to judge him: the word that I spoke, it will condemn him on the last day, because I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. So what I say, I say as the Father told me.”
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“My words will be my judge”
W.C. Fields made an impression on the American film world as few Hollywood stars have ever done. Comedians still impersonate him, and television commercials occasionally present a W.C. Fields mimic to plug their products.
There's a story – probably pure fiction – that towards the end of his life, Fields spent a lot of time reading the Bible. Someone asked him about this. Fields replied, “I'm looking for any loopholes I can find.”
The implication is that Fields knew he had lived a life that wasn't in full accord with the Gospel. Now he was looking for a way to excuse himself when he appeared before the judgment seat of God.
And so, our question to reflect on: In what sense will we judge ourselves, rather than have God pass judgment on us?
“I shall tell you a secret, my friend. Do not wait for the last judgment; it takes place every day.” Albert Camus, Nobel Prize for Literature, 1957
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I trust that during these trying days you are all remaining healthy. We can only hope and pray it ends soon and we can all gather again as a parish family at our beautiful home, St. Augustin. I miss your friendly faces.
~ Deacon Joe