Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary.
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.” MT 25:31-46
Today, Jesus teaches us that when we do something for the “least brothers of mine, you did for me.” Who are the least brothers? I was surprised when I read the side note that this is up for much debate among Scripture Scholars. Many believed it to be the suffering of Christian missionaries. This Scripture is pointed towards the Gentiles and Jews. What can we take away from it? Jesus wants us to love through our actions, St. Francis says “when needed use words.” It is difficult to say that one act of love is greater than another, but when we give from our heart to the unlovable or when we do something simple for those in our homes, it is love.
Whether we do what St. Francis Xavier, patron of missions did, or St. Francis of Assisi who literally begged with the poor while taking care of them, or St. Therese of Liseux, who did little acts of love in a convent, it was the intention of their hearts to imitate Christ. We group and label people as the least among us, in God’s eyes we have equal dignity and we are all sinners who need His mercy. Are there different levels of need around us? Yes, and through reason we know it takes a greater effort and mercy to reach those on the fringes of society who may be getting what they deserve. If no one is left to give them hope, they are hopeless. Jesus is the hope of the hopeless and asks us to give of ourselves in an even greater way. As sinners, we cannot get what we deserve because Christ took our place. This is sacrificial love. When we imitate Christ, we too share this sacrificial love by taking care of those who do not deserve it.
Today’s challenge: Make yourself uncomfortable by sharing the Good News with someone or giving to those on the fringes of society. Don’t forget those in need right next to you!
Be a servant, become a saint!