In his address prior to the Marian prayer of the Angelus, Pope Francis, after recalling the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the universe, which closes the liturgical year, recalled the great parable in which the mystery of Christ, Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the fulfillment of history, said the Pope, and today’s liturgy focuses on the “omega”, that is, on the final destination. In his greetings after the Marian prayer of the Angelus, the Pope sent a “special thought to the people of Campania and Basilicata” that forty years ago suffered the disastrous earthquake that had its epicenter in Irpinia. He also greeted those families who have been affected by the health crisis.
Patricia Ynestroza-Vatican City
“The meaning of history is understood by having before our eyes its culmination: the end It is also the end. And this is precisely what Matthew does, in this Sunday’s Gospel, placing Jesus’ discourse on the universal judgment in the epilogue of his earthly life: He, whom men are about to condemn, is actually the supreme judge. In his death and resurrection, Jesus will show himself as the Lord of history, the King of the universe, the Judge of everything. But the Christian paradox is that the Judge does not have a fearsome royalty, but is a shepherd full of meekness and mercy ”.
In the parable of the final judgment, the Pope said in his address prior to the Marian prayer, Jesus uses the image of the shepherd, recalling the prophecies of Ezekiel, who spoke of God’s intervention in favor of the people, against the bad shepherds of Israel.
I am the good shepherd
“Those had been cruel and exploitative, preferring to feed themselves rather than the herd; therefore, God himself promises to take care of his flock personally, defending it from injustice and abuse. This promise of God for his people was fully fulfilled in Jesus Christ, who says of himself: “I am the good shepherd.” On today’s evangelical page, Jesus identifies not only with the shepherd king, but also with the lost sheep, that is, with the smallest and most needy brothers ”.
The criterion of judgment, as Jesus indicated, will be made on the basis of the concrete love given or denied to the smallest, the most needy, because he himself, the judge, is present in each one of them. Jesus says: “Truly I tell you that whatever you did (or did not do) to one of these little brothers of mine, you did it to me (or did not do it)”. (vv. 40.45). We will be judged by love. Not by feeling, no: by works, by compassion that becomes closeness and solicitous help.
The Lord at the end of the world will review his flock
The Lord, then, at the end of the world, will review his flock, and will not only on the pastor’s side, but also on the side of the sheep, with which it has been identified. And he will ask: “Have you been a bit of a shepherd, like me?” This is the question that the Gospel already puts in our hearts today, as a criterion of judgment. “That time I had problems, were you able to lose some time to take care of me? Did you manage, with my grace, to get out a little of yourself to realize that I was in need? Did your heart melt before my wounds, before my loneliness, before my grief? ” This is how the King of the universe will review us, who became a lamb to save us.
Let us ask the Virgin Mary to teach us reign at to serve. Our Lady, assumed into Heaven, received the royal crown of her Son, because she faithfully followed him on the path of Love. Let us learn from her to enter the Kingdom of God from now on, through the door of humble and generous service.
A thought for the Italian regions of Campania and Basilicata
In his greetings after the Marian prayer of the Angelus, the Pope sent a “special thought to the people of Campania and Basilicata” who forty years ago suffered the disastrous earthquake that had its epicenter in Irpinia and sowed death and destruction. That dramatic event, said the Pope, whose wounds have not yet fully healed, has highlighted the generosity and solidarity of Italians.
“This is attested by the numerous twinning between the regions affected by the earthquake and those of the North and Center, whose links still exist. These initiatives have favored the arduous path of reconstruction and, above all, fraternity between the different communities of the peninsula”.
A thought to families victims of the coronavirus
The Pope had words of appreciation for the faithful Romans and pilgrims, who despite the current difficulties and always respecting the rules, gather in St. Peter’s Square. The Pontiff especially greeted the families that have been affected by the health crisis.
“A special greeting to the families that are struggling the most at this time. I think of many families that are in difficulties at this time because they do not have a job, they have lost their jobs, they have one or two children … And sometimes, with little shame, they don’t let this be known. “
But it is each one of us, Francis pointed out, who goes to seek where there is need. Where Jesus is, where Jesus is in need.
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