Sunday, November 23, 2008
Giving on this Christ the King Sunday
Today's Gospel reading in Mass was Matthew 25:31-46. Fr. Fuller gave a wonderful homily on giving to those in need. This is the time of year when we think about giving the most.
In my first grade class, that spirit of giving was even incorporated in the "3 things we do at Advent" -- Pray, read the Bible, and give to those in need. In this way we welcome Jesus. I believe the Holy Spirit guided the Gospel and the 1st grade material to be on the same Sunday, the Sunday before Advent starts to remind us all that we need to give. We need to give back to Jesus Christ our King. We need to welcome Him by giving.
The Gospel [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 gvave 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 the least brothers of Mine, you did for Me.'
Also in the Gospel of Luke:
Luke 3:11: [Jesus] said to them in reply, "Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise."