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Matthew 25:31-46

The Sheep and the Goats


31         "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory.

32         All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

33         He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.Copyright Image

34         "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

35         For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,

36         I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'

37         "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?

38         When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?

39         When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'

40         "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

41         "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

42         For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink,

43         I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'

44         "They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'

45         "He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'

46         "Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."



Meditation :

 
Today’s Gospel concludes the speeches about the end of the world, according to St Mathew. It is a visionary text on Judgment where Mathew displays three pictures from the Old Testament. The first one represents the Son of Man whom prophets predicted the coming, (Book of Daniel), the second one is that of the King sitting on his throne and that of pastor who sorts his sheep.

First, we can see in this Gospel the three features of God. He is himself the judge, the king and the pastor. In this text, Jesus becomes the brother of vulnerable, in other words, he becomes the hungry man, the stranger, the naked, the sick, the prisoner…One of the priests says, “The face’s features of Jesus Christ have changed after the resurrection and the disciples could not recognize him, why? For he hid his face behind that of people.

Who are the Blest and benefactors? They are those who performed mercy and lived love. They are those who treated humanity, especially the suffering ones, having the same heart of God. They are those who met Jesus in the naked, the sick, the weak, and the sinner (at all levels: spiritual, corporal, moral, human, psychological…). The privilege of the act of mercy in Christianity is performing mercy for the love of Jesus who became the sick, the suffering… in each human being despite his situation.

While as those who are on the left of Jesus, they are those who, because of their egoism and self adoration, refused absolutely love in their life. They refused to concretize love, mercy, forgiveness and peace. They objected Jesus Christ and man he loved. Thus they performed evil to harm people and kept on doing it till the end. They refused forgiveness from God and died merciless for they had never known mercy. Their destiny is death for they have chosen their judgment.

My dear brothers, starting this Gospel, each one of us is aware of what he is going to be judged for (for we are going to be judged according to love). Why do I have to worry then from Judgment as long as I know from now the questions that God will ask me on the Judgment Day? We are all ready and capable of preparing these questions and applying them in this life.

Every person I meet, despite misunderstandings, hides Jesus behind his face. Let us be merciful with each other so that God have mercy on us.

Finally, may the Sunday of blest and benefactors, those sons of the Church who concretized the Kingdom perfectly, be our example and intercessors. We may mention Mary, mother of God, the apostles and martyrs, the confessors, the blessed and those who were chosen to be on the right, those who gained holiness through love and steady perseverance in Jesus Christ. Help us God to join them and have pity on us in this life and give us the strength to live as them. For You the glory and thanking forever, amen.