Prayer of the Day
Feast of Christ the KingNovember 23rd, 2014
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘’ 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 one from another as a shepherd separates sheep from goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take your heritage, the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world.’’ (Matthew 25 : 31 – 46)
The passage is termed an apocalyptic masterpiece, reflects Jesus’ own concern that we prepare ourselves to enter the Kingdom. The text highlights the care of the ‘Needy’ with Jesus’ love and compassion. Our moral responsibility is very present as in the New Testament theology, service to those in need. The passage continues, ‘Lord when did we see you hungry or thirsty, a stranger or naked , sick or in prison, and did not come to your help? Then he will answer, ‘I tell you solemnly, in so far as you neglected to do this to the least of these, you neglected to do it to me.’ And they will go away to eternal punishment and the virtuous to eternal life.’’
God takes us seriously, entering the kingdom is divine, unconditional commitment. God’s presence is the focus of the passage. Prayer is very central in our life to live like Jesus, his total care of the most vulnerable in society.