I have no plans to post a lot of religious content this week, but it’s Holy Week in Eastern Christendom, and much of my time will be spent emitting hymns (H/T @JMaxB) or spiritual reading.
One of my favorite people apparently lived in a parallel universe to my own:
I was nurtured on stories as a child that contrasted Christ’s “non-judging” (“Jesus, meek and mild”) with Christ the coming Judge (at His dread Second Coming). I was told that His second coming would be very unlike His first. There was a sense that Jesus, meek and mild, was something of a pretender, revealing His true and eternal character only later as the avenging Judge.
This, of course, is both distortion and heresy. The judgment of God is revealed in Holy Week. The crucified Christ is the fullness of the revelation of God. There is no further revelation to be made known, no unveiling of a wrath to come. The crucified Christ is what the wrath of God looks like.
Fr. Stephen Freeman, The Bridegroom and Judgment
This rings very true, although in my case “nurtured” refers mostly to my Christian high school and 2.5 years of Christian colleges. I do not recall my parents nurturing such a view.
But in your pondering whether you, too, were so nurtured, don’t fail to ponder the second paragraph.