Matthew details how Jesus painted a picture of judgement day for his disciples. The Son will separate the good (sheep) from the bad (goats), calling the good to Paradise, and casting the bad to eternal fire. The criteria, of course, will be how well each person treated the least of God’s people.
This is nothing new to most practicing Catholics - we’ve been taught this our whole lives. But how often do we practice it?
I just read an article yesterday that said that volunteering and donations peak in the U.S. during the period of Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is certainly true for me. But while it is wonderful that we are reaching out to our fellow brothers and sisters during the holidays, what does that mean for the rest of the year?
Suddenly I feel like the kid that is bad 11 months out of the year, but suddenly turns into a perfect angel in December when he knows Santa is making his list.
So as I enter 2009, I am going to make an extra effort to reach out and help the least of God’s people each and every month.
After all, I want to be one of those sheep!