In today's Gospel reading, Jesus plainly speaks about the burning fire, Judgment Day, and the good and the evil we (freely) choose.
If He were to appear today, as a simple Nazarene, or as a simple American suburbanite, speaking these very same words, would He be institutionalized as a crazed 'right wing' religious nut?
Let's face it, whether we are Church going Catholic/Christians or not, our secularized, relativized, postmodern society has infected our hearts and minds with scientism, and the loss of the metaphysical. What I mean is, pop culture, pure democracy (mob rule), and Political Correctness, has stripped us of angels and saints, grace, and heaven and hell (not to mention purgatory), leaving us with a homebound, non-civic, apolitical Jesus.
This Jesus is more a hobby, more a psychosis, of the 'right wing nut,' the fundamentalist, and the non-cafeteria attending Catholic.
Yet Jesus speaks frequently, fervently, and openly, about free will, grace, Judgment Day, and the supernatural battle amongst us, and within us, in angels, demons, temptation, grace--and what we ultimately choose.
The question of the day is: Will we take Jesus (and His Catholic Church) at His Word, or will we allow an agnostic, atheistic-materialistic worldly ideology to shape, and shrink, our Catholic/Christian faith?
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus, Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death, Amen.