Sunday, February 14, 2016
15 February 2016
15 February 2016
Monday, 1st Week of Lent /
St. Claude La Colombiere, Priest
Lv 19:1- 2, 11 – 18 / Mt 25: 31 – 46.
St. Claude La Colombiere (1641 – 1682), French Jesuit priest, supported St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647 – 1690) in spreading devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
From the Gospel Reading: Mt 25: 31 - 46
Jesus said, "When the Son of Man comes in his glory with all his angels, he will sit on the throne of his Glory. All the nations will be brought before him, and as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, so will he do with them, placing the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
"The King will say to those on his right: 'Come, blessed of my Father! Take possession of the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world. For I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me into your house. I was naked and you clothed me. I was sick and you visited me. I was in prison and you came to see me.'
"Then the good people will ask him: 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and give you food; thirsty and give you drink, or a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to see you?' The King will answer, 'Truly, I say to you: whenever you did this to these little ones who are my brothers and sisters, you did it to me.'
"Then he will say to those on his left: 'Go, cursed people, out of my sight into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels! For I was hungry and you did not give me anything to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink; I was a stranger and you did not welcome me into your house; I was naked and you did not clothe me; I was sick and in prison and you did not visit me.'
"They, too, will ask: 'Lord, when did we see you hungry, thirsty, naked or a stranger, sick or in prison, and did not help you?' The King will answer them: 'Truly, I say to you: whatever you did not do for one of these little ones, you did not do for me.'
"And these will go into eternal punishment, but the just to eternal life."
Our daily lives are confounded with many choices, and with the seeming scarcity of time available for us to accomplish what we want, our decisions are often guided by what is most convenient for us. Oftentimes what we desire does not take into consideration the commandment to "Love our neighbor as ourselves". Self-centeredness, taking the easy way out, or doing things to promote ourselves often influences our actions. As our Father is the abundant well-spring of love, being connected to Him could only bring us to be closer to our brothers and sisters, the same way our loving God is unconditionally devoted to us.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Benedict T. Syling (Oct 18, 1917 – Feb 15, 1999)
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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