Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that 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 something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’”
Today is Monday the 2 March, in the First week of Lent.
The Kyiv Chamber Choir sing In Thy Kingdom from One Thousand Years Of Ukrainian Sacred Music.
Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Matthew.
In today’s passage from St Matthew’s Gospel Jesus speaks about a time when he will come in glory. Everyone will gather before him to be judged. Jesus is seated on the throne. Pause with this image for a moment… Imagine yourself standing before Jesus. What can you see? How are you feeling?
What might it mean for you to be placed on the right hand of Jesus? Or on the left?
Jesus says that when we serve and care for the most vulnerable in society, we are serving and caring for Jesus himself. Who do you find most challenging to care for? Why might that be? Are you able to allow yourself to be cared for by another?
As you hear the passage again, listen carefully to the list of those who Jesus calls you to serve. Allow particular people or situations to come to mind as you listen.
Whom might Jesus be calling you to care for in order to inherit the kingdom prepared for you? What’s your response? Talk to Jesus now. Ask him to reveal his love, through your care for others and their care for you.