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St. Jerome

Ecclesiastes 11:9—12:8
Psalm 90
Luke 9:43-45

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judgment daze

"God will bring you to judgment." —Ecclesiastes 11:9

School is in session and midterm exams approach. Some students study diligently, others cram at the last minute. Still others don't study much, figuring they can atone for a bad grade later. Some even try to escape the test by calling in sick or getting high. One thing is certain: ready or not, everyone has to take the test.

"We shall all have to appear before the judgment seat of God" (Rm 14:10). "Every one of us will have to give an account of himself before God" (Rm 14:12). Standing before the judgment seat of God, it will be impossible to bluff our way through the test. "On judgment day people will be held accountable for every unguarded word they speak" (Mt 12:36). "Nothing is concealed from Him; all lies bare and exposed to the eyes of Him to Whom we must render an account" (Heb 4:13). Judgment "Day will disclose" everything (1 Cor 3:13).

Now is the season of mercy, the time before Judgment Day. When that day comes for you, what will you say to Judge Jesus? He has forewarned us that if we fail to prepare for the test by a life of obedient faith, He may say to us: "I never knew you. Out of my sight, you evildoers!" (Mt 7:23)

Judge Jesus gives open book tests. The book is His word, the Bible. He wants you to pass judgment. Therefore, "lose no time" (Mt 5:25). Study daily for the final test (Acts 17:11); devour the Bible (Jer 15:16). Accept Judge Jesus as your Lord and Savior now — before it's too late (see Eccl 12:1).

Prayer:  Jesus, may I have such a loving relationship with You that I may "have confidence on the day of judgment" (1 Jn 4:17).

Promise:  "Remember your Creator in the days of your youth." —Eccl 12:1

Praise:  St. Jerome found grace and salvation (Rm 1:16) in the study of Holy Scripture.

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 26, 2006

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