The judgment

Monday, February 15, 2016

 The judgment
President’s Day
Lent- 6th Day 

Today is President’s day.  It was first celebrated in 1879 to honor George Washington, later It also honored Abraham Lincoln and then all presidents.   When we honor someone, we want to do so in affirmation for what they have done to make the world a better place. 

Today’s reading from Leviticus tells what it means to make the world a better place:  “Be holy, for I the Lord am holy…love your neighbor as yourself”  And the Gospel tells what the last judgment will be like and how each person will be judged:   “what you did or did not do for one of these least ones, you did or did not do for me.”  

We are preparing to elect a new President for the United States of America.  There are many issues related to the poor and needy; to migrants and citizens; to the unborn, young, old and in between-  that require discernment, decision and action by the new President.

May the communion antiphon today reflect the judgment that will eventually fall on the president that we choose.
Amen, I say to you:  Whatever you did for one of the least of my brethren, you did it for me, says the Lord.
Come, you blessed of my Father,
Receive the kingdom prepared for you
From the foundation of the world.”

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