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Friends, today’s Gospel raises a crucial question about heaven and hell: Who will be in and who will be out? Origen argued that all people will be saved. For how could God’s love allow even one person to be damned? And St. Augustine argued that the vast majority of human beings were going to be damned.

Here’s how I approach this issue. The doctrine concerning hell is a corollary of two more fundamental truths: that God is love and that we are free. Love is all that God is. He’s not loving to some and not to others. No act of ours can possibly make him stop loving us. 

However, we are free. Hence, we can say yes or we can say no to his love. If we turn toward it, we open like a sunflower; if we turn away from it, we get burned.

The very resistance to love causes pain. Think of a spelunker trapped in a cave for many weeks. When he emerges into the light of the sun, he experiences it as a torture. The same sun that delights someone who is accustomed to it tortures someone who has been turned from it.

Gospel Reflections

Meditate on Daily Gospel Reflections from Bishop Robert Barron

12th week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday

June 27

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Monday

June 26

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Sunday

June 25

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11th week of Ordinary Time

Saturday

June 24

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Birth of John the Baptist

Friday

June 23

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Thursday

June 22

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Wednesday

June 21

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Tuesday

June 20

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Monday

June 19

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Sunday

June 18

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10th week of Ordinary Time

Saturday

June 17

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Friday

June 16

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Most Sacred Heart

Thursday

June 15

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Wednesday

June 14

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Tuesday

June 13

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Monday

June 12

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Sunday

June 11

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Corpus Christi

9th week of Ordinary Time

Saturday

June 10

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Friday

June 9

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Thursday

June 8

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Wednesday

June 7

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Tuesday

June 6

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Monday

June 5

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Sunday

June 4

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Trinity Sunday

8th week of Ordinary Time

Saturday

June 3

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Friday

June 2

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Thursday

June 1

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Wednesday

May 31

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Visitation of the Virgin Mary

Tuesday

May 30

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Monday

May 29

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Sunday

May 28

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Pentecost

7th week of Easter

Saturday

May 27

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Friday

May 26

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Thursday

May 25

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Wednesday

May 24

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Tuesday

May 23

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Monday

May 22

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Sunday

May 21

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6th week of Easter

Saturday

May 20

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Friday

May 19

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Thursday

May 18

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Ascension

Wednesday

May 17

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Tuesday

May 16

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Monday

May 15

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Sunday

May 14

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5th week of Easter

Saturday

May 13

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Friday

May 12

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Thursday

May 11

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