Reflections - Nov. 23, 2014

“When did we see you….ill….hungry, or naked” and did not assist you?  “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”  Mt. 25:37-40.
This Sunday the Church celebrates the last Sunday of Ordinary time with the Solemnity of Christ the King.
Always at the end of this cycle, the Church presents us with Christ who awaits us, looks for us and manifests Himself in the simplicity of life – the glass of water to the thirsty, the visit to the sick…..  It is the great surprise of the final judgment in the Gospel.
Remember that at the end of our life we will be judged on love.  Do not forget that whoever serves his brother finds Christ.
It is very easy to love God if we have really known Him.  On the other hand, loving your brother is hard especially to the one that does not bring me any benefit.  How well the Lord says it:  “Whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.”  1 Jn. 4:20.
Days ago we saw on the TV news an old 90 year old man giving food to the poor in Ft. Lauderdale and paying the price for doing so.  This brother will not be judged at the end of his days for what he knew about God but for what he knew about the needs of those poor people and that he shared with them.  Did you know, brother, that there we find the face of God?  That is living the Kingdom of Christ.  “I was hungry and you gave me food”….
My brothers, love is never anonymous.  Love has a first and last name and its name is my neighbor.  It lives in my house, neighborhood, and parish and in that person who sits beside you every Sunday at Mass and the only thing you know of about him or her is a conventional and cold hand.
Today when you receive the Eucharist ask the Lord to help you discover Jesus in the most needy.  Remember that at the end of our life “we will be judged on love”.  Amen.