“The Last Judgment is generally thought of as a procedure undertaken by God. Actually it will be undertaken by my brothers with my help. It is a final healing rather than a meting out of punishment, however much you may think that punishment is deserved. (T34)”
Affirmation: “The Last Judgment. . .a final healing”
1 – The Last Judgment Is Healing
The Last Judgment is usually fraught with fear. The way Jesus explains it, though, it is a healing, not an opportunity to determine if punishment is justified.
2 – Personal Experience
I once had a real phone conversation in which I wondered later if I had been hypnotized during it. For six months later, I seemed to remember, through admitted fantasy, that I had been asked questions that were akin to a Last Judgment. Of course, I was reading A Course in Miracles at the same time that this experience happened. And it is possible that I imagined the whole experience, much as in a waking dream that John Keats wrote poetry about in the early Nineteenth Century. From this distance in time, there is no way to know, for I am not in touch with the individual in the phone conversation. But I do wonder. Was this fantasy a real example of the “brothers” of Christ conferring the Last Judgment on one who seemed ready, being at the time in a vulnerable state of mind?
3 – Brothers Working with Jesus
There is an indication here of our “brothers,” working with Jesus, to carry out the Last Judgment. There are no other indications in the Course of what Jesus meant, aside from the tenet that our brothers are our way home, that we learn through our holy relationships.
4 – An Understanding for the Future
We must just accept the idea that Jesus puts forth in this passage, without being able, within the Course or without, to understand the message fully. As time passes, perhaps we will come to understand. It is perhaps in the final working out of the holy relationship that the Last Judgment actually takes place.
My I no more fear the Last Judgment. I do not understand how my brothers will help with the Last Judgment, but I trust what Jesus has said.
I do not know if I was actually under hypnosis so long ago, when I imagined that I was asked question akin to a Last Judgment. Perhaps I was so exhausted that I fell into a dream. But, given this experience, I thank You for it. The experience has led me to understand, somewhat, how the brothers of Jesus and myself could effect a Last Judgment. It could happen just as Jesus says in this passage, and for that I am grateful to You.
Be with me now as I seek to join in sharing with my brothers and sisters, to love them, and to avoid fear and judgment. These aspects of the truth are paramount as we move farther along in the way pointed out by Jesus. Thank You for this revelation, coming to us now, now that we are all ready. May the credo of A Course of Love influence my reading of A Course in Miracles, and point out the whole way back to You.
May I endeavor to have holy relationships with all of my brothers and sisters. May this concept grow in time, and may I feel Your blessing on it.