Monday of 1st Week of Lent Lundi de la 1re semaine

“Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take as your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world.”
Saturday 14 March 2015

Lv.19, 1-2, 11-18 Ps. 18 Mt. 25,31-46

First Week of Lent : Monday 1st week of Lent

“When the Son of man comes in his Glory, escorted by all the angels, then he will take his seat on his throne of glory. All nations will be assembled before him and he will separate people one from another as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.. He will place the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right hand, ’Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take as your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you made me welcome, lacking clothes and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me!”

Take as your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundations of the world. The secret of this world is the gestation of the kingdom; Now we can really catch a glimpse, on the other side of the veil, of what makes up the real thread of our lives, all this patience heavily weaved whenever we could say “yes”. Great happiness lies ahead of us, along the road of our life together, lived simply. This gives weight to everything that was endured beforehand, everything receives its true value and recognition. Beyond all that we wanted to do, say, build up, there was the Holy Spirit who called us to realize great things. Not stalling whenever things become more difficult for other people, just being there, accepting simply to suffer with him, not knowing, and trusting whatever may come to pass. Listening to his heart and limiting anger and hatred. Always giving a chance to

others. Going through life in this way, open, receiving what comes up, without being hemmed in by big projects of tomorrow, no, just being there, simply, today… Living one’s life like a gift that is always a gift offered up…giving to You Lord al that we can so that with that you we weave the Kingdom for all..

“Then the upright will say to him in reply ’Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? when did we see you a stranger and welcome you welcome, lacking clothes and clothe you? When did we find you sick and in prison and go to see you? And the King will answer, ’In truth I tell you,, in so far as you did this to one of the least of my brothers, that you did unto me.”

This is what we are moving towards in our daily life ; we wish to be attentive to the murmur of our hearts, the movements of generosity, self-giving, capacity of sharing that is in us. it is the life of the Lord Jesus that calls us, spurs us on so that we enter into something greater than us, greater than our projects, greater than our concerns. What a joy it is to contemplate Jesus in this way! Jesus’ brothers are

the most genuine manifestation of the Image of God in Christ. Apparently it is easy to put oneself at the service of people who have nothing. It is all about the link that exists between the Lord Jesus in his Incarnation and in our humanity. Jesus tells the story of the Good Samatritan.He says that the neighbour is the person next to me, the one closest to me, this is who my neighbour is. We ask for the grace to ever remain in the gaze of Love. Father Duval would sing : ’oh you who seek the Good Lord in the clouds, you will never catch a glimpse of His Face. In the street strewn with hedges, a stranger passed by…“For God there are no strangers, a brother is his most immediate reflection. If he is in a distressful situation, he is the face of the Crucified Jesus.”Then it will be their turn to ask :’Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty, a stranger or lacking clothes, sick or in prison, and did not come to your help?’ Then he will answer, ’In truth I tell you, in so far as you neglected to do this to one of the least of these, you neglected to do it to me.’ And they will go away to eternal punishment, and the upright to eternal life.’ The glory of God is man alive! This is how we join the Lord Jesus in what is hidden on the face of our brother. If we show indifference or disdain towards a brother and then we go to Adoration, we

shall experience ourselves to be cut off from grace. The Lord remained with the wounded person. If there is love and affection for the neighbour, we manifest how God’s Love acts in our lives. It is all about how we receive ourselves from God, who has taken his place within us and us in Him! “Take as you heritage the Kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world.” Great happiness opens up before us, a long life, together with our God, in His Love.

We ask for the grace to discern in the poor and little ones the brothers of Jesus.