Sunday, March 05, 2017
MONDAY, 1st Week of Lent
March 6, 2017 – MONDAY, 1st Week of Lent
Lv 19:1 - 2, 11 - 18 I Mt 25: 31 - 46
FROM THE 1ST READING: Lv 19: 2, 18b
Speak to the entire assembly of the people of Israel and say to them: Be holy for I, Yahweh, your God, am holy.... love your neighbor as yourself; I am Yahweh.
GOSPEL READING: Mt 25: 31 - 46
Jesus said to his disciples, "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 in 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 and the just to eternal life."
In the first reading Yahweh tells the Israelites to be holy and to love their neighbor as themselves. We are all created to glorify God in our lives and we do so by imitating his holiness and loving our neighbor.
In the Gospel reading Jesus tells us that each one of us will be judged on how we loved our neighbor, how we acted towards the hungry and thirsty, the naked, the sick and those in prison, those in need. "Whatever we did or did not do to our neighbors, 'to these little ones who are my brothers and sisters,' we did or did not do to the Lord." And we would be rewarded or punished accordingly for all eternity.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
FELIX S. SAW
JOSEPH PETER J. CALLEJA
MICHAEL P. ROBLES
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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