“But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?” (Mal 3:2)
Rohr bases today’s reflection off of Malachi 3 and 4. I encourage you to read them for yourself.
Rohr is right to say that “goodness is its own reward and evil is its own punishment” (p. 86). But there is more to the story … in the Apostles Creed, we proclaim that Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead.
The image of Jesus as judge in itself does what Rohr is unwilling to let happen - confront us with a bigger picture than we are used to; convert us to an alternative worldview (though fear is not always a low-level motivation - in fact, Jesus commands us to fear God); and console us and bring deep healing.
Who can endure the day of his coming? Only when we recognize the power of our just God will we be able to know what true forgiveness and healing is.
I leave you with Malachi 4:2, which is echoed in verse 3 of Charles Wesley’s hymn, Hark! the Herald Angels Sing.
But for you who revere (fear) my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings.
Grace and peace,