Dear my friends, Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Matthew 25:31-46
“When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left.
Then the King will say to those at his right hand, `Come, O blessed of 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, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’
Then the righteous will answer him, `Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’
Then he will say to those at his left hand, `Depart from me, you cursed, 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, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’
Then they also will answer, `Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.’ And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus’ parable of the separation of goats and sheep invites us to consider our lives in view of the age to come (Matthew 25:31-46). What’s the point of this story for us? The kind of life we choose to live now and the moral choices we make will have consequences that determine our future, for better or for worse. The parables judge us by pointing out the consequences of the choices we make and the kind of life we choose to follow.
Jesus teaches us a very important lesson about loving our neighbor and taking responsibility for others. God will judge us not only for the wrong we have done and for what we have failed to do but also what we have done for others. The Day of Judgment will reveal who had true faith in God and who lived according to God’s command to love him first above all else and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, with true compassion and mercy.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we worship Jesus Christ the King and ask God’s mercy. We seek his help and grace to turn away from our sin, and to walk in his way of love. May we have true compassion and mercy for others.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, you are our Lord and King and there is no other. May your love rule in our heart that we may think and act with charity towards all now and forever. Amen.
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