Daily Reflection on the Gospel of Monday, February 19, 2024

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Today we are reminded of the Final Judgment, «when the Son of Man comes in his glory with all his angels» (Mt 25:31), by letting us mull over the essentials of our faith; feeding the hungry, giving the thirsty to drink, clothing the naked, visiting the sick... these are works of love for those Christians who, upon doing them, can see the very same Christ therein reflected.

Saint John of the Cross says: «At dusk your love will be tested. Do learn to love God as He wants to be loved and forsake your own condition». For, not making something you ought to do, in the service of the other sons of God, our own brothers, means to deprive Christ of these details of due love: sins of omission.

The II Vatican Council, in the Gaudium et spes, when explaining the demands of Christian charity, which confer a meaning to the so called social assistance, says: «In our time, it becomes especially pressing our duty to come as close as possible to any man in need and to serve him with affection, whether the elder forsaken by all, or the baby, born out of an illegitimate union, who is exposed to pay for a sin he has not committed, or the starving, who appeals to our conscience by bringing to our memory the words of our Lord: ‘Truly, I say to you: whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me’ (Mt 25:40)».

Let us remember Christ lives within the Christians... and He tells us: «I am with you always, even unto the end of the world» (Mt 28:20).

The IV Lateran Council defines the Final Judgement as a truth of faith: «Jesus Christ will finally come at the end of the world, to judge the living and the dead, and to give each one according to their works, whether rejected or chosen (...) to receive after their works, good or bad: these will go into eternal punishment, but the just to Christ's eternal glory».

Let us beg the Virgin Mary for her help in our acts of service to her Son in our brothers.