Today after a long time I heard the Gospel preached at Sunday Mass. It was Mass in Italian. I repeat. It was not the Traditional Latin Mass.
The priest spoke on Gehenna.Hell. He also cautioned the congregation, saying "Don't say p. XYZ is speaking on Hell. It is here in the Gospel today".
He spoke for sometime on the word Gehenna first asking the congregation if they know what it meant.
He spoke frankly and no doubt with charity for his listeners. He said those who go there are burnt ( scorched) spiritually.Of course the fire is not there like on earth. In Hell ( or in Heaven) we have our spiritual bodies which feel-just like on earth.He said there is a remorse of conscience. He asked them if they knew what was meant by the phrase ' where the worm does not die'.In Gehenna or Heaven the body does not die.
When people are told not to sin or they will go to Hell, he said, they do not listen and want to continue with their pleasures.All right you can continue with your pleasures, he mentioned, but you will go to Gehenna after the Judgement of God.
I was sitting upright.All ears.I could not believe I was hearing the Gospel being preached in a Catholic Church.
Yesterday at another church where the sound system was bad and the visiting priest spoke fast, I could make out that he was saying we should not be smug in thinking there was exclusive salvation in the Church and non Catholics could not be saved.It was the same Gospel passage as that of today.This was a typical Novus Ordo church and Novus Ordo liberal Mass.Even the Rector there does not affirm the Catholic Faith, especially on salvation. For him it is Jesus without the necessity of the Catholic Church.In this way he protects his career as a professor and also his lifestyle at this church in central Rome.He is not going to say most people are going to Gehenna without 'faith and baptism'(Ad Gentes 7, Lumen Gentium 14, Vatican Council II).And if he cannot affirm the teachings on faith ( ecclesiology, salvation) then why will he not reject those on morality?
Today evening I may go for Mass, the second Mass this Sunday, to another liberal church where they have all day Eucharistic Adoration and I will get the same liberal pitch. The only consolation , the main consolation there is that that the Mass there is the consecration of Our Lord Jesus Christ.,
The Mass is an offering to God and it has the strong Presence of Jesus Christ who died to save us from going to Gehenna.It is not enough to believe in Him. One has to live the Gospel teachings of the Catholic Church, outside of which there is no salvation(AG 7, LG 14).-Lionel Andrades
At that time, John said to Jesus,
"Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name,
and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us."
Jesus replied, "Do not prevent him.
There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name
who can at the same time speak ill of me.
For whoever is not against us is for us.
Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink
because you belong to Christ,
amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.
"Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,
it would be better for him if a great millstone
were put around his neck
and he were thrown into the sea.
If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off.
It is better for you to enter into life maimed
than with two hands to go into Gehenna,
into the unquenchable fire.
And if your foot causes you to sin, cut if off.
It is better for you to enter into life crippled
than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna.
And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out.
Better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye
than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna,
where 'their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.'"