Today’s Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46 – Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
This is the feast day of Christ the King. This is the day we think of our Lord returning to earth in all His glory and showing our enemies that “our God is real and he is powerful”. Yes or no? I mean, yes He is coming back in his full glory, but the truth is He is going to judge us. This return will not be about how horrible our enemies are but rather what did we do for others, including those who hurt us and our family members? Did our faith come alive and were we willing to be the hands and feet of Christ? Or rather are we inclined to be like the devil and choose not to serve, not to love, not to act, and allow our stubbornness to hold us back from experiencing the Gospel message?
As mothers we have tons of opportunities to serve others throughout our day, if we are willing to do it out of the love of God, not the love of self. St. Faustina even shares with us in her diary that “I give you three ways of exercising mercy towards your neighbor: first by deed, the second by word and the third by prayer. In these three degrees contains the fullness of My mercy, and it is an unquestionable proof of love for Me. By this means a soul glorifies and pays reverence to My mercy.” (742)
May we as mothers be willing to show mercy towards others by practicing the works of mercy both inside and outside of our home. This feast day is not just about how Christ is going to crush the devil and return in glory but rather how we are called to be His witnesses in a broken world by choosing to serve others out of our love for Christ our King.
Let us take some time out of our busy life to reflect on how we can do deeds, share words and say prayers that help others and provide love and mercy.
Dear Lord, please help me to remember the least of those in the Body of Christ and serve them with love and kindness. Amen.
Copyright 2017 Emily Jaminet
Receive CatholicMom.com newsletters in your inbox, including the Daily Gospel Reflection each morning!
* indicates required