Lord, When Did We See You...?

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In the first reading today from Leviticus 19, the Lord tells Moses to tell the people how to conduct themselves. Though not the Ten Commandments, this reading sounds similar. It ends with the great commandment, the one that Jesus spoke of when asked which is the greatest of the commandments…”You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Our Gospel reading is from Matthew 25.

Here Jesus tells of the king separating the sheep from the goats. Who will be the ones who inherit the kingdom? They are the ones who look after “these least brothers of mine.” For I was hungry and you gave me food, 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.” And the goats? They are the ones who did none of these things. “And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

Both groups are astonished when the king tells them what he does. “Lord, when did we see you…?” Why would they be so astonished? Because rarely, if ever, do you see a king hungry or thirsty or naked or in prison or whatever. So many people today are so obsessed with celebrity. With their eyes firmly fixed on the rich and famous, they fail to even SEE “these least ones.” Those in need become invisible because they are “not worthy” of accolades. They don’t win awards or show up on the talk shows. If “these least ones” are invisible, what shall become of the ones to whom they have become invisible? I think we can figure that one out for ourselves.

Father, we’re so sorry for those times when “these least ones” become invisible to us. Help us to keep our eyes on those who need us the most, and give us the grace to help them. Amen.

Today’s Readings

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  • Carl: March 08, 2022

    “I think we can figure that one out for ourselves.” I hope so Gus, but fear that many are being misled when they hear a bishop say “We may reasonably hope that all people will be saved.”

    “Hope” yes, but that does not mean “Will.”

  • Karen Quigley: March 15, 2022

    Are you working with any organizations to help the people of Ukraine. I would like to make a donation.
    Please let me know.
    Thank you,
    Karen Quigley

  • Tonya: March 08, 2022

    I always appreciate your insight and thoughtfulness. The idea that I make people and situations invisible because it makes me uncomfortable challenges me to be more open to the ones God places in my path. Come Lord Jesus and give me your heart I pray. Help me to see and respond in your love. Amen

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