Sunday 26 November 2023

About Today Readings

Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King

Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want – Psalm 22(23):1-3, 5-6. 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28. Matthew 25:31-46.

Who are the least of my brothers and sisters?

Today’s Gospel reading is one I can read again and again and always discover more. The question I keep coming back to is ‘who are the least of my brothers and sisters?’. Who does that mean for me?

It’s easy to think of people in the distance. Nameless groups we see on the news. The Poor. The Refugees. The Homeless. Not individual people, but abstract notions. I figure if I have benign feelings towards these ideas of people, then I’ve done my job.

But what about the people I actually encounter in my life? The man who cuts me off in traffic? The baby who wakes me up when I’ve had no sleep? The tiresome relative who won’t stop talking about her latest scheme? How do I treat these people?

It’s always easier to be kind to the idea of a person than it is to be kind to the persons themselves.


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