We sign ourselves in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Throughout this month we reflect on what it means to be a just person and what it means to be a responsible citizen of our country.
We give thanks to the Saints who have helped us to know what is the right and good way to live our lives. Thanks to the saints who followed Jesus along paths of goodness, we know the way to live as good Canadian citizens. OCGE7a
In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus explains that we are all called to be compassionate and to care for everyone we meet. We are expected to make sure that everyone is well looked after. OCGE7j Jesus tells his followers that they have been good and caring people. He explains it in this way.
“For when I was hungry, you gave me food; when I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink, when I was a stranger, you welcomed me, when I was naked, you gave me clothing, when I was sick, you took care of me, and when I was in prison, you visited me.” Jesus’ friends and followers were confused and told the Lord that they had never seen him hungry and thirsty, and cold or sick. Jesus then told them his important message, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to the least of my brothers and sisters of mine…, you did it to me.”
Jesus challenges us all to be kind to everyone we meet and to treat everyone the way we would like to be treated.
God of Justice
May we always be ready for your presence in our lives.
May we have the wisdom to see you in everyone.
May we open our eyes to see when we can act in a just way to change injustice happening to someone.
May we always be ready to open our hearts to you, even when you come at unexpected times.
We close in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.