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For Reflection

Posted: February 18, 2013 by CatholicJules in Meditations, Memory Book

“How fortunate we are…to have a God as a model. Are we poor? We have a God who is born in a stable, who lies in a manger. Are we despised? We have a God who led the way, who was crowned with thorns, dressed in a filthy red cloak and treated as a madman. Are we tormented by pain and suffering? Before our eyes we have a God covered with wounds, dying in unimaginable pain. Are we being persecuted? How can we dare complain when have a God who is being put to death by executioners? Finally, we are being tempted by the demon? We have our lovable redeemer:He was also tempted by the demon and was twice taken up by that hellish spirit :therefore, no matter what sufferings, pains, or temptations we are experiencing, we always have, everywhere, our God leading the way for us and assuring us of victory as long as we genuinely desire it.”   – St John Vianney

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 18, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

ByStefan Locner Picture By Stefan Locner
 

The Lord speaks to us of the day of final judgement, we do not and will not know when, are we prepared? Some of us may have tomorrow and more tomorrows, while some of us may not have a tomorrow…. have we made used of the gifts and talents bestowed upon us for the Glory of God our Father?

Have we been loving, lukewarm or distant and even suspicious of others? When we chance upon a needy, helpless person, do we offer our assistance and do all we can to help or do we tell ourselves someone else more qualified, more able will be available? Do we shrug and say I don’t know what to do or what can I do instead of trying? Do we offer prayers instead of a loaf to the hungry?

For unborn children, do we reject the gift from God? For the very young, do we clothe, feed and care for them when they are sick? Do we teach, counsel and guide them? Do we help bring joy to them when there is sadness and despair? Or do we abuse them, curse and are impatient with them?

Are we truly disciples of Jesus? When He walked the earth, He was loving, merciful and kind to all, Jews and Gentiles alike. Are we the same way? Are we holy as our Heavenly Father is holy?

Let us pray…

O God of love and mercy, You sent Your own Son to live among us and die for us, when we were trapped in the ways of sin and death. Through this season of Lent, set your people free from our selfish ways to live Your law of love as disciples of Jesus our Lord. Amen

GOSPEL Matthew 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.”