Monday of the First Week of Lent
Memorial Feast: Saints Perpetua and Felicity—Martyrs, Patron Saints of Mothers and Expectant Mothers
Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18, Psalm 19:8-10, 15, & Matthew 25:31-46
Jesus talks to His disciples about the future in today's Gospel. He describes what will occur when "the Son of Man comes in His glory" and all the angels with Him. He tells them that everyone on earth will gather together, and He will separate the people, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. The sheep will have a privileged place on His right hand, and the goats will be on His left.
To the "sheep," Jesus will affirm their care and concern for the poor, the lost, and all those in need. The "goats" then begin to complain or make excuses to Jesus. Jesus informs them that they are not concerned with the people in need. Today's message is a clear one. Our Lord reminds us that what we do or do not do for others is significant for our future. We are the ones who choose our destiny. We have the power to decide to help others or to ignore them and their needs.
Hopefully, if we decide to help others, it is not simply because we want to be with Jesus in heaven. Instead, it flows from our concern for others and perhaps our gratitude for the times someone gave us a helping hand. Then, may we desire to pass on this blessing to others.
Question of the Day: How do you help those in need?
Prayer: Lord, help me understand what You teach and be able to accomplish what you wish me to do as one of your disciples. Amen.