Cycle A

Good News A52

What You Do for the Least

Feast of Christ the King

Thirty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

(Last Sunday before Advent)

 

Matthew 25:31-46 New American Bible

Matthew 25:31-46 Bible Gateway New International Version

 

'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.'

 

Jesus says whatever you do for others, you are doing for him. When you bring food to share with those who are hungry, you are doing it for Jesus. When you give water to someone who is thirsty, you are doing it for Jesus. When you give clothing to Goodwill, Salvation Army, and/or Crisis Assistance Ministry, you are doing it for Jesus. When you share or help provide shelter for the homeless, you are providing shelter for Jesus. When you send a card to someone who is sick, or fix them a cup of hot chicken noodle soup, you are also doing this for Jesus. When you visit or pray for those who are in prison, you are also doing it for Jesus. When you bury the dead, you are doing this for Jesus, too. Jesus is asking us to do our part to help furnish the basic needs of human beings. In other words any time you are helping another human being, see a picture of Jesus Christ, himself saying, “Thank you very much. I love you.” 

Each time you help others, you are sending out your love. Your love goes around the world. God sends love back to you. When you help someone once, you get helped twice. When you help someone two times, you get helped four times. Sometimes, when you help someone, you get helped three or four times in return.

Say the “Our Father” to ask God to show you how he wants you to help others today.

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.”

 

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