Archive for March 2, 2020

Today the Lord speaks to our hearts. Truths that are not easy to hear. For many of us are guilty and should be ashamed if not for having done them or if not for having neglected to do the right thing.

We might pride ourselves for not having stolen, dealing fraudulently, of unjust verdicts or holding back a labourer’s wage. But what about cursing the dumb? Here of course it means one who cannot speak. But what about those who cannot speak up for themselves? For those less intelligent to know any better and so are taken advantage of? Even if we had not spoken or acted against them by not standing up for them have we not cursed them ourselves? What about those who could not see the wrong they have done or have realised and want to return to the Lord our God but don’t know how? Have we put obstacles in their way? Have we failed to help them see the light? What about when things do not turn out the way we want or expect them to, do we then lash out against the leadership of others for the outcome? Is it not slander? Or subtly called ‘gossip’?

I suppose the majority of us are guilty of and should rightfully be ashamed for being blind to the needs of the least of our brethren. The prisoner, the naked, hungry, and thirsty. We had failed to see them as our very own, let alone see the face of Christ in them! The questions we always seem to ask is what can we do? Or how can we help? Instead of simply let me help…

Open my eyes to see Your face in my brethren, and the grace, mercy and love to serve them in Your most precious name. Amen

First reading
Leviticus 19:1-2,11-18 ·
Only pass judgement on your neighbour according to justice

The Lord spoke to Moses; he said: ‘Speak to the whole community of the sons of Israel and say to them:
‘“Be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy.
‘“You must not steal nor deal deceitfully or fraudulently with your neighbour. You must not swear falsely by my name, profaning the name of your God. I am the Lord. You must not exploit or rob your neighbour. You must not keep back the labourer’s wage until next morning. You must not curse the dumb, nor put an obstacle in the blind man’s way, but you must fear your God. I am the Lord.
‘“You must not be guilty of unjust verdicts. You must neither be partial to the little man nor overawed by the great; you must pass judgement on your neighbour according to justice. You must not slander your own people, and you must not jeopardise your neighbour’s life. I am the Lord. You must not bear hatred for your brother in your heart. You must openly tell him, your neighbour, of his offence; this way you will not take a sin upon yourself. You must not exact vengeance, nor must you bear a grudge against the children of your people. You must love your neighbour as yourself. I am the Lord.”’

Matthew 25:31-46
I was naked and you clothed me; sick, and you visited me

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, escorted by all the angels, then he will take his seat on his throne of glory. All the nations will be assembled before him and he will separate men one from another as the shepherd separates sheep from goats. He will place the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left.
‘Then the King will say to those on his right hand, “Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take for your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you made me welcome; naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me.” Then the virtuous will say to him in reply, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you; or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and make you welcome; naked and clothe you; sick or in prison and go to see you?” And the King will answer, “I tell you solemnly, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.”
‘Next he will say to those on his left hand, “Go away from me, with your curse upon you, to the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you never gave me food; I was thirsty and you never gave me anything to drink; I was a stranger and you never made me welcome, naked and you never clothed me, sick and in prison and you never visited me.” Then it will be their turn to ask, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty, a stranger or naked, sick or in prison, and did not come to your help?” Then he will answer, “I tell you solemnly, in so far as you neglected to do this to one of the least of these, you neglected to do it to me.”
‘And they will go away to eternal punishment, and the virtuous to eternal life.’