Gospel Reading and Thoughts for November 23, 2014

Christ the KingGospel – 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 the 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.”

 

All Hail Christ the King!  Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ, King of the Universe!  So many times throughout the Bible, Christ is referenced as the King.  And today we catch a glimpse of what His just rule would be like.  I cannot help wondering which line I fall into.  Have I missed opportunities to help others?  Have I been too self-absorbed in my own life to see the needs of others around me?  Have I failed to give Christ the drink of water or the bite of food?  Where can I find the need in my church, my community, my own family?

 

And in finding the need, I pray that the Holy Spirit will help me fill the need so that I may someday hear God speak the word, “Come.”

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