As we approach the end of our Church year (November 20th is Christ the King Sunday, the last Sunday of the Church year) the selected readings from Matthew include more and more statements of judgment that often rattle the church goer sitting in the pew.

This past Sunday Jesus said in his parable, “For many are called but few are chosen.”  He says this right after condemning one person to the outside darkness for not wearing his wedding robe to a banquet.  Some readers and preachers choose to shy away from these harsh words, but should we?  Or can we embrace these words of judgment that overshadow all of us because we are all sinners, but then embrace Christ’s great act of forgiveness that casts a much larger shadow over us, the shadow of his cross?

Can we be so bold to know that our God who created us, also loves us enough to tell us what it’s like outside his love?