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Monday, March 2, 2009

Sheep and Goats, Monday, First Week of Lent

Jesus tells his disciples in today's Gospel: "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.'"

This is a powerful Gospel as Jesus makes it quite clear that "whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me."

We are called to help others and we need to do these corporal works of mercy now so that we may be sheep on the right and not goats at the time of judgment. Lent is a time of conversion so let us begin today!

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