THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2016
CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY
Today’s gospel: Matthew 25:31-46
At the end of time there will be the judgment of the nations.
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the
angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and
all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will
separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the
sheep from the goats..” (v.31-32). That will be the
time of final judgment, when one will find out if he goes
to heaven or to hell.
what is the one criterion? It is what we did to the least
of our brethren. Specifically, it is about 6 of the 7 corporal
works of mercy--feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty,
welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, caring for the
ill, visiting the prisoner (v.35-36). If we did works of mercy,
we go to heaven. If not, we go to hell. “And these will
go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal
says that what we do or not do to the least of his least brothers,
we do or not do to him (v.40,45). Thus it is about loving
him or rejecting him. It is about caring for the needs of
the poor or neglecting/ignoring the suffering of the poor,
with whom Jesus directly identifies.
There is another opinion however about who these sufferers
are. They could be Christian missionaries who suffer due to
their preaching of the gospel. In their mission work, there
are those who go hungry and thirsty, who visit new territories,
who fall sick, and who are even imprisoned. The judgment for
“all the nations” (v.32a) is how they treated
those who proclaimed Christ to the ends of the earth. These
missionaries bring the message of Jesus to the world. Rejecting
them is rejecting Jesus.
who are evangelizers and missionaries are indeed fortunate
and privileged to be among those who are the least brothers
of Jesus, whom Jesus identifies with. Let us intensify our
work, and pray for those we are evangelizing, since their
acceptance or rejection of the gospel will determine their
we thank God for LCSC and for NONe. With either interpretation
of this gospel passage, we are covered!