Father Alex Yeung, LC
"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."
Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are my Savior and
Redeemer. I place all my hope and trust in your
divine heart. United to you, all things are possible
— even my holiness. With childlike faith and trusting
you without limits, I know that I will experience the
triumph of your grace in my life. I wish
to grow in holiness today, so that I will love
you, my God, above all else. Amen.
Lord, help me to appreciate that growth in holiness
occurs within a Christian community.
1. Essentially, Holiness is Seeking the
Good of Others: The Catechism of the Catholic Church
states that “charity is the soul of the holiness
to which all are called: it ‘governs, shapes and perfects
all the means of sanctification.’” And quoting St. Therese
of Lisieux, it reminds us:
If the Church was a body
composed of different members, it couldn´t lack the noblest
of all; it must have a heart, and a
heart burning with love. And I realized that this love
alone was the true motive force which enabled the
other members of the Church to act; if it
ceased to function, the apostles would forget to preach the
Gospel, the martyrs would refuse to shed their blood.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 826).
In today’s Gospel Jesus
grants eternal life to those who did good to
others, whom he identifies as his very self. Contrariwise, he
sends to eternal damnation those who did nothing to
help others, whom he identifies as his very self.
Holiness Necessarily Entails a Dedication to the Christian Mission:
Hand-in-hand with genuine charity is our sense of Christian
mission. There is no genuine holiness apart from a radical
orientation toward the spiritual and material good of others.
In a word: there is no holiness without mission.
As Blessed Pope John Paul II reminds us:
The universal call
to holiness is closely linked to the universal call
to mission. Every member of the faithful is called
to holiness and to mission. This was the earnest desire
of the [Second Vatican] Council, which hoped to be
able “to enlighten all people with the brightness of
Christ, which gleams over the face of the Church, by
preaching the Gospel to every creature.” The Church´s missionary
spirituality is a journey toward holiness … (Encyclical Letter
Redemptoris Missio, 90).
Our times cry out for this kind
of holiness, one enflamed by the ardent determination to
bring as many of our brothers and sisters as possible
3. Holiness Occurs Within the Christian Community: This universal
call to holiness and mission is meant to be
fostered within the context of a Christian community. We
are meant to spur each other on by our devotion,
good example, generosity and encouragement.
Dear brothers and sisters:
let us remember the missionary enthusiasm of the first
Christian communities. Despite the limited means of travel and communication
in those times, the proclamation of the Gospel quickly
reached the ends of the earth. And this was
the religion of a man who had died on a
cross, ‘a stumbling block to Jews and folly to
Gentiles’! (I Corinthians 1:23). Underlying this missionary dynamism was
the holiness of the first Christians and the first
communities (Encyclical Letter Redemptoris Missio, 90).
Do I strive to
build up my family and Christian community with missionary
awareness? Do I value the example and help I
receive, and do I strive to help others along this
same path of holiness?
Conversation with Christ: Lord,
make my holiness real. Let it be characterized by
a heartfelt, growing and universal love for all people.
Let my heart beat in unison with yours. Open my
eyes to all the good that I can do
for my brothers and sisters, and don’t allow me to
walk away from any opportunity to show this world
your love. Amen.
Resolution: I will take some time
today to examine my conscience and honestly assess the
spontaneity, depth and extension of my charity towards others,
especially those I supposedly love the most.