Monday 19 February 2024

About Today Readings

Leviticus 19:1–2, 11–18. Your words, Lord, are spirit and life – Psalm 18(19):8–10, 15. Matthew 25:31–46.

In so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me

I often wonder if we take the Last Judgment seriously. If we do, it is sobering, to say the least. Travel magazines are full of glossy ads for luxury cruises and hotels. Apparently, the most expensive suites sell out first. The top restaurants are the ones with the longest waiting lists. Trophy houses sell for many millions of dollars and luxury yachts fill marinas.

In suburbs of the same cities, families go hungry. Women and children sleep in cars or tents. Whole countries experience famine, often exacerbated by warfare.

It is easy to be overwhelmed by the immensity of need, to feel paralysed and unable to respond. We are not asked to save the world, only to respond in whatever way we can. It could be to an isolated elderly neighbour, a local family in need or a community project. A smile or an act of kindness costs nothing.

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