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March 07, 2022

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DG BookGospel: Matthew 25:31-46
When the Son of Man comes in his glory with all his angels, he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be brought
before him; and, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, so will he do with them, placing the sheep on his right hand and
the goats on his left. The king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, blessed of my Father! Take possession of the kingdom prepared
for you from the beginning of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger, and
you welcomed me into your home. I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you visited me. I was in prison, and you came to see me.’ Then
the righteous will ask him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, and give you food; thirsty, and give you something to drink; or a stranger, and welcome
you; or naked, and clothe you? When did we see you sick, or in prison, and go to see you?’ The king will answer, ‘Truly I say to you: just as you did it
for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you did it to me.’ Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Go, cursed people, out of my sight,
into the eternal fire, which has been prepared for the devil and his angels! For I was hungry, and you did not give me anything to eat; I was thirsty, and
you gave me nothing to drink; I was a stranger, and you did not welcome me into your house; I was naked, and you did not clothe me; I was sick, and
in prison, and you did not visit me.’ They, too, will ask, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, thirsty, naked or a stranger, sick or in prison, and did not help
you?’ The king will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you: just as you did not do it for one of the least of these, you did not do it for me.’ And these will go into
eternal punishment; but the just, to eternal life.”

 

Reflection:

 

Look at the response of the sheep on the right: “Lord,
when did we see you hungry and gave you food, thirsty and
gave you drink…?” When the King clarifies, we can imagine
their response to be one of shock, surprise, delight—an
“aha” experience! What does this episode tell us? That these
righteous ones had no idea that it was the Lord they were
feeding and helping when they took care of the poor and
the needy in their life on earth! They didn’t do so because they
“saw” the face of Christ in them (as some saints did); nor because
the Scriptures commanded them to do so (as some of us
do). They did so simply because it came so naturally for them to
help; because loving and caring was their first nature. Like God’s
own nature. We might find them seated on the right and the left
of Christ in his glory!

 

 

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