How can a compassionate God be just?

Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time. Reflection by Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese)

How can a compassionate God be just?
Exodus 33:7-11, 34:5-9,28; Matt 13:36-43

Why does God chastise us if He loves us so much? Why not just let us do whatever we please? Why does a loving Father not refrain from spanking the child a few times when necessary? In the first reading, God Himself tells Moses that He is a God of tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in kindness and faithfulness… yet He lives nothing unchecked, punishing the Father’s fault in the sons and in the grandsons to the third and fourth generation…

The fact remains that to be truly compassionate, one needs justice. To have justice, sin must be purged. The love that God has for us is not dependent on our good works. In other words, it is unconditional. However, our actions go a long way in determining whether or not we can shine like the sun in the kingdom of the Father. Don’t forget that in the end, the principle of justice demands that  all who do evil be thrown into the blazing furnace, and all who are found worthy on the other hand be given their due reward. So why does God chastise us? Precisely because He wants us to make heaven. The child with running stomach may not be happy during the course of purgation, but he’s better for it in the end. See?

Friends, don’t think that God’s mercy would overshadow His justice. The fact remains that the two go hand in hand. What then must I do? I must learn to be truly just and compassionate as well in my dealings with others on a daily basis. That way, purgation is assured and the prize guaranteed…

Bonjour les amies. God bless your day ahead…

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Fada Oselumhense Anetor

Studied at St Paul Minor Seminary, Benin City; Saints Peter and Paul Major Seminary, Bodija, Ibadan; Catholic Institute of West Africa, Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. Ordained a Catholic Priest for the Diocese of Uromi on the 11th of August 2012. Loves working with young people

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