BY MARY SAYAD
BE NOT AFRAID
God did not create us as puppets. He gave us free will. He gave us choices. He also planted the rules of right and wrong in our hearts. He wants us to choose Him. However, there are individuals who defy His Word and prefer to choose sin and the world. They intentionally distance themselves from worship, charitable love and the Commandments as well as Jesus’ teachings. If they do not repent, hope for their salvation is dismal at best.
For every action there is a reaction. Osama bin Laden was talented, wealthy and influential. Instead of channeling his talents towards educating young men to assist them in improving their lives and of the world around them, he chose to teach poor, young and impressionable youths to hate the entire world and to murder innocent people of various faiths and diverse cultures and condemned their souls through their suicide bombings.
Mark 9:42 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.” In Mark’s Gospel, Chapter 9, verses 43 to 47, Gehenna is mentioned three times. One man, bin Laden, caused devastation, senseless killings and perpetuated hate on the entire world of epic proportions perhaps for generations to come. He taught and trained young children and young men to hate. His egregious sins and evil desires of murdering Christians as well as others were poured out globally. He was Satan’s personal courier. He did not repent and therefore condemned himself. I take no pity on him. He belongs in Mark 9:48 “where ‘their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.”
Gehenna (Hell) is referenced by Christ himself in the New Testament. The word Gehenna appears 12 times in Scripture. Gehenna is the capital punishment of the Kingdom. If God in His Wisdom created hell, who am I to argue? I do not revel in lost souls, but I also do not have control over their wicked choices.
Be not afraid! Keeping the Commandments as well as Christ’s teachings, will greatly help to insure our hope in eternal salvation. In the end, this is and always should be our ultimate goal. The Holy Scriptures illumine us with many hopeful and positive guidelines. Choose light so that you may have life!
1 John 1 5:7 – God is Light “Now this is the message that we have heard from him and proclaim to you: God is *light, and in him there is no *darkness at all. 6 –If we say, “We have fellowship with him,” while we continue to walk in darkness, we lie and do not act in truth. 7 –But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin.”
PRAYER TO CHRIST THE KING
Christ Jesus, I acknowledge you King of the universe. All that has been created has been made for you. Make full use of your rights over me.
I renew the promises I made in Baptism, when I renounced Satan and all his works, and I promise to live a good Christian life and to do all my power to procure the triumph of the rights of god and your Church.
Divine Heart of Jesus, I offer you my efforts so that all hearts may acknowledge your Kingship and that the Kingdom of your peace may be established throughout the universe. Amen
Your companion in faith,