Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:35-40
Let us begin today’s reflection with this greatly inspiring quote from St. Mother Teresa: “At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by “I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat. I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.” Dear Child of God, these thoughts of St. Mother Teresa, is coming to us, because it has become pertinent for humanity to have a serious rethink. It has become a clarion call because one may have been expiating treasure, talent, and time on only what will end here on earth. Today, we are challenged to invest in a vocation that counts into eternity, the project of winning some victory for humanity. Horace Mann may have been reflecting on what St. Mother Theresa said above, when he quoted: “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.” The vocation of charity is one that brings about a lot of fulfilment to us. In life, when other vocations seem to frustrate you, begin with the vocation of charity.
A woman had no children of her own, so joyfully she began the vocation of raising children who were indigent and poor. When she died, she was given a very befitting burial that left everyone ponder how good indeed it is to help. And her death was one of such, that attestations of her going straight to heaven was given. Another mother was without child, so she willingly took up the responsibility of training children who were indigent or orphaned, along the line, the Lord blessed her with her own children. A woman willingly and joyfully accepted Christ because some members of a charity group came to build a home for them, which replaced a dilapidated one where they were under rain and cold. Are you bored, begin a charity project today. Are you frustrated by other vocations, start off a charity project today. You will find great fulfilment that will overwhelm you with joy because your actions are gladdening the heart of God and will not only earn you blessings here on earth but in the world to come. Labour for what endures to eternity.
1Kgs 21:17-29; Ps 51:3-4.5-6ab.11.16(R.3a) Accl Jn 13:34119:105; Gosp Mt 5:43-48 WEEKDAY St Romuald, Abb. (Opt Mem)
1. O Lord, help me to realize the fulfilment that lies in helping others.
2. O Lord, grant me an opportunity and resources to begin a charity project for you.
3. O Lord, give me wisdom to pursue projects that endure through unto eternity.
4. Pray for all trapped by the pursuit of earthly glory, that they may see the vanity that lies in there.
5. Pray for all DSD users who have formed charity groups in their parishes, that God may manifest His power whenever they go out to minister to the less privileged.
Exercise: Start the DSD family charity group in your parish today.
Meditation: John 6:27.