God's "consuming fire" is the fire of holy love. It doesn't await sinners in the future; it burns up sin itself.
Season after Pentecost | 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
Amos 7:7-15 (Psalm 85:8-13); Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-29 | Semi-continuous first reading: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 (Psalm 24)
The other day I was sitting in a coffee shop and couldn’t help overhearing an interesting and intense debate on the other side of the room. An older gentleman was trying his best to aid an inquisitive college student who had some hard-hitting questions. She asked about scripture, about authority and about the church. One question kept popping up: “What is the difference between truth for you, truth for me and truth with a capital T?”