Monday 19th February 2018

First Reading: Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18
Psalm Response: Ps 19:8-10, 15 (with John 6:63b)
Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:31-46

 
Jesus said to his disciples:
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory,
and all the angels with him,
he will sit upon his glorious throne,
and all the nations will be assembled before him.
And he will separate them one from another,
as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
Then the king will say to those on his right,
‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father.
Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was 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.’
Then the righteous will answer him and say,
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
or thirsty and give you drink?
When did we see you a stranger and welcome you,
or naked and clothe you?
When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’
And the king will say to them in reply,
‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did
for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
Then he will say to those on his left,
‘Depart from me, you accursed,
into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels.
For I was hungry and you gave me no food,
I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
a stranger and you gave me no welcome,
naked and you gave me no clothing,
ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’
Then they will answer and say,
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty
or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison,
and not minister to your needs?’
He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you,
what you did not do for one of these least ones,
you did not do for me.’
And these will go off to eternal punishment,
but the righteous to eternal life.”
 
Shalom semuanya,
 
Didalam Injil hari ini, Yesus berbicara tentang pengadilan terakhir dimana Yesus datang kedua kalinya ke dunia dalam kemuliaanNya.
Kita diadili berdasarkan apa yang kita perbuat dan apa yang tidak kita perbuat.
“Ketika aku lapar, kamu memberi Aku makan; ketika Aku haus, kamu memberi Aku minum; ketika Aku seorang asing, kamu memberi Aku tumpangan; ketika Aku telanjang, kamu memberi Aku pakaian. ketika Aku sakit, kamu melawat Aku; ketika Aku didalam penjara, kamu mengunjungi Aku. Aku berkata kepadamu, sesungguhnya segala sesuatu yang kamu lakukan untuk salah seorang dari saudaraKu yang paling hina ini, kamu telah melakukannya untuk Aku.” (Mat 25:35-36,40)
 
Disini jelas sekali, bahwa iman tanpa perbuatan adalah mati (Yak 2:26) Marilah pada masa pra-paskah ini, kita lebih peka dan peduli terhadap orang-orang disekitar kita terutama orang-orang yang membutuhkan pertolongan kita, orang miskin, orang tersisih dalam masyarakat, orang sakit dst.
 
Menurut St. Yohanes dari Salib : “Pada senja akhir hidup kita, kita akan diadili menurut besarnya cintakasih.
Oleh karena itu, marilah kita mohon agar Allah senantiasa mengobarkan api cinta dalam hati kita, baik cinta untuk sesama dan terlebih cinta untuk-Nya.
 
Song: Love Never Fails by David Haas
 
God loves us,
 
Suhardi, Haryati and Samuel
sel dewasa dan sel remaja St Dominic of Holy Rosary, Sydney, Australia

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