To Judge the Living and the Dead!

Romans 14:9
For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

Our Culture of Victimology has made a mysterious virtue out of being hurt.  So long as one is a victim of something, one has moral carte blanche to be a jerk.  As soon as somebody says, “That was a jerk thing to do” one can just pull out the “Get Out of Criticism Free” card and say, “That’s easy for you to say!  You haven’t suffered as [I/my recognized victim group] have!”  Voila!  Instant guiltlessness.  The problem with this strategy (as we shall all discover on the Last Day) is that God was the Ultimate Victim on the Cross and therefore can judge.  Today, instead of excuses, look Christ in the eye and acknowledge Him as Lord.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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