This morning’s sermon, delivered by a priest who was elderly at the time of Vatican II, was an exercise for a voice in search of a point. Poor priest never found it, but he did reach a conclusion at long last. Somewhere along the line he made a stop over in eschatology.
“Remember,” he said, “God will always love us. Even if you and I were to go to hell, He’ll still love us for all eternity.”
Hold on there, father. Isn’t one of the torments of Hell the absence of God’s love? If the damned can comfort themselves with the thought that God still loves them, how damned are they? But what comfort is it to know that God loves you but He’s still planning to leave you in stewing in the devil’s soup pot forever? Doesn’t that make God’s love part of the torment? I’ve known people who’ve used love as a means of torturing others. Very neurotic people. Does this mean God has issues?
The priest didn’t dwell on this subject though. Before I’d finished formulating my questions he’d moved on to the evils of the internet one of which, although he didn't mention it, is probably that smart-alecks in the congregation go home right after Mass and poke fun at the sermon in a blog post.
I'm going to hell.