Hell is separation from the God whose being is Love. It is the place of bitterness, hatred, manipulation, vindictiveness, violence, loneliness, emptiness, worthlessness. All of us have been there, many live there. We have all pointed the finger of blame at others while failing to notice the three pointing back at us. Jesus confronts our hypocrisy by visiting those who ‘deserve’ our hatred. The hell in which they live fractures in the presence of his love: hell is harrowed. Dare we follow in his footsteps?
The Bewcastle Benefice sermon for the 4th Sunday before Advent can be found here.