Each month, Living with Christ gives you everything you need to prepare for Mass, to participate in Mass, and to reflect on the experience.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty…?
Lord, I understand the question
asked by those on the “goat” side
in today’s gospel.
It’s so easy to be caught up
in my own affairs that
I don’t even see the hungry,
the thirsty, the stranger….
All my faith formation has taught me
that you are in the poor and suffering—
so it’s not that I don’t know you are in them;
it’s just that I so seldom notice them at all.
And that means I’ve missed
lots of opportunities to end up
on your “sheep” side.
But it’s that sheep side
that I really don’t understand.
Whenever I give of myself to someone,
I pat myself on the back
for doing such a good job of following you.
“I’ve served Christ in the poor,” I proudly say.
But these “sheep” of yours—
they give of themselves so naturally
that they don’t seem even to think
of the good things they’re doing for you.
They just do it, like parents
feeding and clothing their children.
Jesus, I still have a way to go
before I see myself ending up
on the sheep side.
Fill me with your Spirit
so that, someday,
living your life of self-giving love
will seem so natural,
I won’t even have
to think about it anymore.
For a prayer for today from St. Ambrose, see page 10 in the March issue of Living with Christ.
Fr. Richard Lamoureux, AA