Sunday Readings & Reflections

THE SOLEMNITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE

Theme of the Sunday: “YOU DID THAT TO ME”

First Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-12.15-17
Responsorial: Psalm 23;
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:20-26.28;
Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46; 

Resources used:
*The Sunday Missal, Paulines Publications Africa


Reflection

The parable of the Last Judgment is found only in the Gospel of Matthew who has already used many parables to speak about the Kingdom of Heaven iso 다운로드. The power of a parable lies in its use of impressive images, which touch the listeners and give them a new vision of things. The images challenge them to take sides and change their lives Celestial Marriage 1. This is how the parable of the Last Judgment is to be understood. It is not a description of how the judgment will be but an invitation to those who hear it to take Jesus’ message seriously gimagex 다운로드. The story forces us to look at the way we live.

The parable of the Last Judgment gives us a way to assess how serious our decision for Jesus really is 앵커 태그. The measuring stick is the way we react in the face of human suffering. The parable picks out what makes people vulnerable: hunger, thirst, to be a stranger, to be naked or sick or in prison Millennium. People such as these are really very exposed and need our help.

The reader gets the impression that the condition of the needy goes from bad to worse ps4 대기모드 게임 다운로드. A hungry person can still hope to look for food, but when thirst is added, one’s energy is gone. If on top of it the person is a stranger in the land he will soon need warm clothes will become sick and may even eventually end up in prison 페도라 13.

In every country today there are thousands of people who go to bed hungry, refugees who are homeless and harassed by everybody, sick people who can’t afford medical treatment, prisoners held in inhuman conditions as they await trial 바람의나라 연 다운로드. The challenge is to recognize God in them and to show our love by what we do and not merely in word. The needy may disturb our comfort but they are a constant reminder that the goods of this earth are meant for all of us ie10 64 bit 다운로드. When we read the parable we realise that sharing what we have with them is not an option but a duty. Giving them the means to live a decent life is not a privilege we accord them but their right Download the Japanese flag.

In the Last Judgment the Son of Man is the King and Judge. He judges and then separates the sheep from the goats.

The choice of these two animals in the parable of the Last Judgment helps to bring home the point that we shall be judged according to our docility or lack of docility to God who invites us to recognise and serve him in the needy.

How do we serve Christ in the needy? Do we always recognize the needy?

Live hope!!!


SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING


***Adapted from “Bible Study and Sharing on the GOSPEL OF MATTHEW for Christian Communities SUNDAYS OF THE YEAR A” by Richard Baawobr MAfr

We pray for the people of Mayotte


Sunday Readings

FIRST READING Ezekiel 34:11-12.15-17

“You, my flock, I judge between sheep and sheep, rams and he-goats.”

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel

“Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when some of his sheep have been scattered abroad, so will I seek out my sheep; and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the crippled, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will watch over; I will feed them in justice. As for you, my flock, thus says the Lord God: Behold, I judge between sheep and sheep, rams and he-goats.”

The word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. Fresh and green are the pastures where he gives me repose. R.

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

Near restful waters he leads me; he revives my soul. He guides me along the right path, for the sake of his name. R.

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

You have prepared a table before me in the sight of my foes. My head you have anointed with oil; my cup is overflowing. R.

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell for length of days unending. R

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.







SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 15:20-26.28

“He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, so that God may be everything to every one.”

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

Brethren: Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things under him, that God may be everything to every one.

The word of the Lord.

Alleluia. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is coming! Alleluia.    
 
GOSPEL READING Matthew 25:31-46

“He will sit on his glorious throne and he will separate them one from another.”

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

At that time: 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 his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. “Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of 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, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’ Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, 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, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.’ And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

The Gospel of the Lord.



 

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