THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2015
OUR WAY TO HEAVEN AND THE POOR
Today’s gospel: Matthew 25:31-46
As saints, martyrs and warriors, we want to make it to heaven
(see yesterday’s From the SG article). But there is
one important aspect of our life on earth that will be a determining
factor whether we actually make it to heaven or not. It is
what we do for the poor.
the end of time, Jesus will gather all the nations, which
“will be assembled before him. And he will separate
them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from
the goats.” (v.32). The sheep on his right will be allowed
to enter heaven (v.34). But what will be the criterion? “For
I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave
me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed
me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.”
is the amazing reality of work with the poor. Jesus identifies
with the poor. Jesus is one with and in solidarity with the
poor. “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one
of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (v.40).
We have no problem loving and serving Jesus, but many disdain
and marginalize the poor. Jesus then tells us that it is not
what we do for him, but what we do for his beloved poor, that
will determine our eternal fate.
the goats on his left will be accursed and thrown into eternal
fire (v.41). Why? For the very same reason. They did not minister
to the poor (v.42-43). Thus they did not minister to Jesus
choice is ours. Will we be among the goats or the sheep? Will
we be rejected by Jesus or embraced by him? Will we go to
hell or to heaven? There will only be two groups, one or the
other. “And these will go off to eternal punishment,
but the righteous to eternal life.” (v.46).