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The good news for the day March 6, 2017

Monday of the First Week in Lent (224)

Jesus said to his followers: “When the Son of Man comes revealed—all the angels with him—he will sit upon his glorious throne. All countries will be assembled before him. He will separate humans one from another, as a shepherd separates sheep from goats. He will put the sheep to his right and the goats to his left. To the ones on his right the ruler will say, ‘Come, you—blessed by my Father. Take possession of the kingdom prepared for you from the world’s creation. Why? Because when I was hungry, you gave me food, thirsty—you gave me drink, a stranger—you welcomed me, naked—you clothed me, sick—you cared for me, in prison—you visited me.’ The good folks will respond, ‘Sir, when did we see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ The ruler’s reply: ‘It is the truth—whatever you did to the least of my family you did to me.” (Matthew 25)

In this parable, you see that “The Son of Man” shifts meaning. This “character” is three-fold: 1) He comes as a “standard” human AT THE END OF TIME; 2) He is the “least of the brethren” THROUGHOUT HISTORY; 3) He is a king who DECIDES THE FATE OF ALL HUMANS.

At the end of time. Jesus is alive, living with you and in our world. He offers hope, insight and strength; he opens eyes and hearts; he weighs whatever happens with compassion—and the long view—which includes forgiveness. His loving Humanity is the criterion, the standard, for our loving

Throughout history, Jesus identifies with the “least,”—the poor, jailed, sick, hungry, thirsty—and the child—What you do for them—you do for Jesus.

As the ultimate standard, ruler or norm—His way of living is what finally matters. Everything else is irrelevant. Our Father takes us to His heart if we have acted with Love we have learned through His Only-Begotten Child.

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