Date: Monday, Feb 27
Contributor: Chris Mayr
Jesus said, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that 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 something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me 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 nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
From September to May, I do a daily meditation program based on the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius entitled CHALLENGE by Mark Link, S. J. As I read today's Gospel, I thought the following was one I would share with you to reflect upon.
"Roy Popkins tells a true story about an old man who collapsed on a Brooklyn street corner and was rushed to Kings County Hospital. After some amateur detective work, a nurse located what seemed to be the man's son, who was a Marine stationed in North Carolina. When the Marine arrived, the nurse said to the old man, "your son's here." The old man, now heavily sedated, reached out his hand feebly. The Marine took it and held it tenderly for the next four hours. Occasionally the nurse suggested the Marine take a break, but he refused. About dawn the old man died. After he passed away, the Marine said to the nurse, "Who was that man?" The nurse said, "Wasn't he your father?" "No," said the Marine, "but I saw he was dying and needed a son badly, so I stayed."
When was the last time you went out of your way to be with another person simply because that person needed you?
"If you haven't got charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble." --Bob Hope