Monday of the First Week of Lent

Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18 | Ps. 19:8 -10, 15 | Mt. 25:31-46

Both readings call us to look at the way we live.  Leviticus recounts the story of Moses receiving the Ten Commandments.  These commandments give us the minimum requirements of living according to God’s way.  In the Gospel, Jesus tells us that doing the minimum is not enough.  We must be mindful of others.  We must give food to the hungry, take care of those who are thirsty, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, take care of the sick, and visit those in prison.  Jesus tells us that doing so is the same as doing it for Him.  We are called to go beyond our own desires, our own family, and take care of those in need.  We may not see these people in our neighborhood; but, they are in our world and we should respond to all in love.

Check out the quality of your loving.  Do you take care of anyone who is poor, naked, sick, in prison, etc.  Why or why not?  Resolve to do something to help those who are in need.

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