November 13 - St. Theophan the Recluse - Our Record at the Trial
Saturday, 21st week after Pentecost
Epistle reading: 2 Corinthians 3:12-18
Gospel reading: Luke 8:16-21

Our Record at the Trial

“For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.”[Lk. 8:23]. Therefore, no matter how hard we try to hide our wicked deeds, they are being recorded independently from us, and this record will be made known at a certain moment. 

So, what is this record? where is it kept? It is our conscience. Sometimes we force it into silence, and it remains quiet, still doing its job, keeping the most precise history of what we have done.

How can we help, then, if there is too much wrong recorded there? We ought to blot it out. By what means? By tears of repentance. They can wash away any item from the record without a trace. Unless we do that, we will have to read our record ourselves at the trial. And because at that time justice will be in full control of our mind, we will convict ourselves, and the Lord will only confirm our sentence, leaving no possibility for appeal: everyone will convict himself, with no concern for anyone else.

All this will happen instantly: in a snapshot we will see what we really are, and immediately hear the sentence confirmed by the Almighty Lord. That will be the end.