Monday of the First Week of Lent
In today’s gospel, Jesus tells his disciples what will happen when he returns again to the earth after his ascension into Heaven. He explains that the assemblies of all the nations will be separated into two groups; the group on His right (the sheep) are blessed by God and have earned the privilege of entering into Heaven, while the group on His left (the goats) are to suffer eternal punishment. The difference between the two is that the sheep reached their hands out to those in need and put others before themselves, while the goats did nothing to help their brothers and sisters.
How often do we think of helping others? Sometimes, we do it subconsciously; we give a dollar donation here and there while we’re out shopping, or we donate canned goods to the local charities during the holiday season. While we may not pay much mind to these little acts of kindness that we do on a daily basis, God notices it every single time.
However, our alms-giving isn’t always in the form of money or tangible goods. It’s as easy as being a shoulder to lean on for a friend, or talking kind words to the little old lady on the street corner who has no family or friends of her own. We don’t notice these things, and we just feel like they’re part of our daily routine, but these little acts of warmth and care are noticed by God. These small acts are significant, and help to etch our place in our true home in Heaven.
Unfortunately, for some people, acts like these are not always so simple. It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind called life, and we forget that our brothers and sisters are experiencing the same – if not worse – problems that we all go through in our lives. So what can we do to change this? It’s as effortless as stepping back and taking a good look at ourselves. We can all make time in our day just to make that phone call to a friend that’s having trouble with her kids, or to go out to a store and buy food for the homeless man sleeping on the street. Don’t let fear hold you back. Go out of your comfort zone, and you will realize that it’s not as scary as you once thought. It’s in that moment that you will find true peace within yourself, and your place in Heaven will be found.
For our Lenten season, and always in our lives, let’s remember to always be kind to others, and to help those in need. By being a blessing to others, we are also blessed.
- Mike Richman -