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20171126 - The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

posted Nov 22, 2017, 2:53 PM by Domain Admin

Gospel of Matthew 25:31-46

Sally's Reflection

I have heard this reading so many times and every time it stops me dead in my tracks. I pray on my daily life choices. Jesus tells us life may seem unfair at times; the consequences of good behavior and bad behavior get mixed up. He tells us not to worry because he will separate the good from the bad. Jesus wants us to be doing good things for others, especially those that live in the “shadows” (the hungry, the imprisoned, the ill, the naked…).

What is the meaning of my life? I have so many needs and desires of my own. But it’s not about me. What matters most is not what I do, but who I am. Does my life reflect my faith and values? Am I someone who loves, who gives, who serves?

It’s about loving our neighbors. Christ teaches us throughout the Gospels by word and example how to serve the spiritual and material needs of our brothers and sisters, through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ.

Jesus Christ is the kind of King who is not interested in power and glory but in serving the needs of others, with Love. We try to strive to live according to his will. Our King is found on society’s ‘shadows,” like the faces of the homeless, and the hungry people at St. Anthony’s Dining Room. In the end, all that will matter is what we have done for Christ and our neighbors. We will not be asked how much money we made, how many awards we won, how many achievements we accomplished. We will be asked one question: “What did you do for me in your neighbor?”

I ask Jesus for the help needed to serve Him through the people around us, especially the least ones among us. For this Christmas season, I choose one or two ways to serve God’s least. I pray for the ones I serve and to serve them in Love.

Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me. (Mat. 25:40)