when all the proud and all evildoers will be stubble,
and the day that is coming will set them on fire,
leaving them neither root nor branch,
says the LORD of hosts.
But for you who fear my name, there will arise
the sun of justice with its healing rays." (Mal 3:19-20a)
You have been warned! That's how we probably would say - in modern language terms. Horrifying prospect of the end of the world as we know it, yet with a touch of hope, hope in Divine Mercy, hope in Jesus, the sun of justice with His preceding rays of mercy as we know them from Divine Mercy picture...
The words of the First Reading of today's Liturgy of the 33rd Sunday of the year remind me of one of my favorite pieces of classical music, which always sends chills of high emotions down my spine. None other than Georg Friedrich Haendel's: "But Who May Abide?' from his masterpiece - 'The Messiah'. Listen to this and think deeper about the message it conveys to us:
"But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? For He is like a refiner’s fire" (Mal 3:2)...
Then I turn my eyes to Jesus in His Divine Mercy picture and read the words underneath His feet: 'Jesus, I trust in You'. Terrified by my own nothingness and the abyss of sorrow, I whisper: In Your healing rays I find my refuge and salvation...Jesus, I do trust in You...