“The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul.” That is the first line in today’s Responsorial Psalm from Psalm 19. In the first reading from Leviticus, we hear some of these “laws of the LORD.” This reading hearkens us back to the ten commandments.
Our Gospel reading today is one that should be very familiar, from Matthew 25. Jesus says, “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.”
Jesus makes it very clear that, as Christians, we are to live lives of service. It seems nowadays that we live in such a self-centered, narcissistic culture. Everything is about me, me, me. My wants, my needs, my rights. Jesus wants us to focus on the other. Do you know someone who is hungry? Thirsty? A stranger, naked, ill or in prison? I’ll bet you do. What are you doing for them today?
Father, we thank you for putting hungry and thirsty people into our lives. Open our eyes and our hearts ever more to the needs of others. Amen.
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