The Last Judgment Icon and Readings

Icon of the Last Judgment

You repeat when you want to insure that your listener, reader or student makes note that something is important. This morning I noticed that the Sunday gospel readings in the Orthodox Church match the readings for reading the Bible through in 1 year. It got my attention and I wanted to share it with you. Judgment is not something anybody wants to think about anymore. When Joel Olsteen was asked by Larry King if he ever talked about judgment he said, “Oh, no, we want people to always feel good.” Thankfully, Jesus did not feel the same way as Joel. The truth does not always make us feel good. Here is the gospel reading:

When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats,  and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left.  Then the King will say to those at his right hand, `Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, `Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?’ And the King will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’ Then he will say to those at his left hand, `Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels;  for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,  I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, `Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to thee?’  Then he will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.’ And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life. Matthew 25: 31-46

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3 responses to “The Last Judgment Icon and Readings

  1. Christina

    This is so true. Thank you for reminding us of what we should be focusing on.

  2. R. DeJaynes

    Father:
    How right you are! I came Home to Holy Orthodoxy from a more “liturgical” Protestant denomination (than most). Even there, we heard little about anything that would make anyone “uncomfortable.” My, we don’t want to make anyone uneasy in their faith, do we?! They seem to have forgotten long ago that the ONLY road to Pascha has a Cross right in the middle of it!

  3. Mark

    It seems it is all about walking the walk not talking the talk. Actions and what we do are what count and not about what we say we do. I am Romania Orthodox and many people I see follow the rituals but in their day to day life they are different people and in some cases even evil people.

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