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Monday of the First Week of Lent – March 7, 2022

Bishop’s Reflections

March 7, 2022

For every day during Lent, Bishop Edward Malesic writes a Scripture reflection for the faithful. Follow the bishop on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Monday of the First Week of Lent – March 7, 2022

Today’s Gospel from Matthew 25 paints a grand picture of the return of Jesus, who will assemble all people of all times for the final judgement. There he will separate the sheep from the goats. Trust me, we will all want to be sheep.

What will cause us to be on the side of the sheep? It will be determined by how we took care of the most vulnerable among us, the hungry and the thirsty, the stranger, those without clothes, the sick, and those in prison. For, Jesus said, when we did an act of kindness to one of these least ones, “You did it for me.” When we take care of the forgotten, the lost, the unprotected, the unborn, the elderly, those who face persecution each day, we remember the words of Jesus, “You did it for me.”

Mother Teresa, now St. Teresa of Calcutta, was asked why she had so much care for the poor of India and elsewhere. She raised her hand and said the words on each of her five fingers, “You. Did. It. For Me.” She called this “The Gospel on five fingers.” She did it all for Jesus.

Today, look at one of your hands and remember words of Jesus on your five fingers, “You. Did. It. For Me.” And then go and do some good for someone in need. This is the way to become a sheep and avoid being named a goat. Do good for Christ.

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