Father Alex Yeung, LC
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.
Petition: Lord, help me
to appreciate that growth in holiness occurs within a
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.
2. 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
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 to Christ .
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?
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.