7th of March

Publié le 6 Mars 2022

Gospel text

(Mt 25:31-46): 

 

Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.


For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’

Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’ Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’ He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’ And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

 

The Application

 

The Christian life is based on two principles. Firstly, God dwells in us, a God who is close to humanity. In me, God feels and in my suffering, God expresses his own suffering.  The second principle is therefore I have to give to my neighbour the same respect that I give to God, for in him and in her I see my Lord. By placing myself at the service of his people, I place myself at the service of the Lord.

 

If we do not see the divine presence in our hearts, how can we recognise the divine presence in the hearts of men? Let us therefore begin to recognise the divine presence in us, let us learn to listen to Him and to respect Him. All human relationships will be conditioned by the quality of the relationship I establish with this God who dwells in me. May this Lenten season helps us to re-establish our relationship with this God, a loving and forging God who dwells in us. It is thus important to live our life righteous way, I remain connected with this God, who is active in me, in his passivity. In this way, everything will work out perfectly for us.

 

Action of the day: Listen to the God who speaks within.

“Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”

 

+ Fr. Joaquim MONRÓS i Guitart

(Tarragona, Spain)

 

Today, reading the Gospel: “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him” (Mt 25:31), we are reminded of the Final Judgment by letting us mull over the essentials of our faith; feeding the hungry, giving the thirsty to drink, clothing the naked, visiting the sick... these are works of love for those Christians who, upon doing them, can see the very same Christ therein reflected.

Saint John of the Cross says: “When evening comes, you will be examined in love. Learn to love as God desires to be loved and abandon your own ways of acting.” Neglecting to do what is right in the service of the other sons of God, our own brothers, means to deprive Christ of these details of due love: sins of omission.

The II Vatican Council explains the demands of Christian charity through the Gaudium et spes Pastoral Constitution, which confers a meaning to the so called social assistance, saying: “In our times a special obligation binds us to make ourselves the neighbor of every person without exception and of actively helping him when he comes across our path, whether he be an old person abandoned by all, a foreign laborer unjustly looked down upon, a refugee, a child born of an unlawful union and wrongly suffering for a sin he did not commit, or a hungry person who disturbs our conscience by recalling the voice of the Lord, "As long as you did it for one of these the least of my brethren, you did it for me" (Matt. 25:40).”

Let us remember Christ lives within the Christians... and He tells us: “And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Mt 28:20).

The IV Lateran Council defines the Final Judgement as a truth of faith: “He will come at the end of time to judge the living and the dead, to render to every person according to his works, both to the reprobate and to the elect (...) so as to receive according to their deserts, whether these be good or bad; for the latter perpetual punishment with the devil, for the former eternal glory with Christ.”

Let us beg the Virgin Mary for her help in our acts of service to her Son in our brothers.

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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