Christ in Us
God is in every person within the world, even if they don't know Him yet. Think about this statement. Coming from a Catholic background, it can be difficult to think of God's presence within another religion, say Pentecostal. We are stubborn people, difficult to phase and consider change. Mind you, doctrines are there to teach us what beliefs are firm, but there are many grey areas that we tend to judge other beliefs as 'not the right way'. I'm sure you've had a few of these moments within your life, even beyond religion. Maybe someone says they think charity is good for those in need, while your friend sneers at the idea. However, God is present in every person, even more so when you help show people the way, beyond judging.
Today's Gospel states:'"When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the King will say to those at his right hand, `Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from 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 welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' Then the righteous will answer him, `Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?' And the King will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me'(Matthew 25:31-40).
In today's Gospel, we hear how when we feed the hungry, clothe the sick, we are not only doing this for a person, but for Jesus. God created each of us in His image. Think of a puzzle. A piece on its own doesn't reveal much, it is only when we see the image in its entirety that it is completely good and whole. In the same way, we are all God's people. We may pass judgements and appear different in our perspective of God, but God is working in each of us to make us whole. Take some time to reflect and ask God how you can be more open to giving of yourself to all people.
Today's prayer comes from 'Catholicity' a prayer for dedicating self to Christ:
Lord Jesus Christ, take all my freedom, my memory, my understanding, and my will. All that I have and cherish you have given me. I surrender it all to be guided by your will. Your grace and your love are wealth enough for me. Give me these, Lord Jesus, and I ask for nothing more. Amen.