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Sunday, October 10, 2010

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Todd Newbold

Again Jesus shows us works, to love everybody, i.e. "DO FOR THEM"

WORKS

What
Our
Resurrected
King
Says

Michael Rodriguez

"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me,naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.'Then the righteous 16 will answer him and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?
When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?
When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?'
And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.'

Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.' Then they will answer and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?'He will answer them, 'Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.'And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."

Matthew 25: 35-46

As a Catholic, who was on the fence, towards the Church teachings and its doctrines, for most my young adult life, I have discovered through trials of suffering and endurance why I shall, for the rest of my life, practice the tenets of the Church because the Church calls upon every one us, who is Catholic, whether we are lapse or devout, to "act with justice, to love tenderly, to serve one another, to walk humbly with God, to be hope for the hopeless."

As Catholics, this are calling, We Are Called, as this Hymn, from David Haas, proclaims, to work for social justice, in the world, to help and aid those who society considers, to be outcasts, the lepers, the poor, the disable, the elderly, and the unborn.

As our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ mandated, from all, who called themselves his followers, during His Ministry, on the Earth, and for all time, afterwards, to never forget that what we do, to the least of His brothers and His Sisters, we do that for him.

Jack Barry

In 2010, many thousands suffer from the debility and stigma of leprosy, a disease now subject to medical diagnosis and treatment. It seems unnecessary for a modern-day American to write a title such as yours that conflates their disease and sin, dusty teachings notwithstanding. The victims have enough to endure. Other metaphors are available.

Carl E. Olson

So, Jack, are you saying that leprosy is a good thing? Something to be desired? Or that, despite being a painful and often horrible disease, it shouldn't be equated with original sin, which causes spiritual pain and death? I think that most intelligent readers will recognize the context of my comments and will understand that the biblical metaphor is not only apt, it is not at all meant to be insulting toward those suffering from leprosy. Quite the contrary.

Dan Deeny

Carl's response is interesting. He says "it is not at all meant to be insulting..." I may not mean to, or intend to hurt you, but I may do just that in fact. What would St. Thomas Aquinas say about this?

Carl E. Olson

From Pope Benedict XVI in 2009:

Jesus said to the leper: "Be made clean!". According to the ancient Jewish law (cf. Lv 13-14), leprosy was not only considered a disease but also the most serious form of ritual "impurity". It was the priests' duty to diagnose it and to declare unclean the sick person who had to be isolated from the community and live outside the populated area until his eventual and well-certified recovery. Thus, leprosy constituted a kind of religious and civil death, and its healing a kind of resurrection. It is possible to see leprosy as a symbol of sin, which is the true impurity of heart that can distance us from God. It is not in fact the physical disease of leprosy that separates us from God as the ancient norms supposed but sin, spiritual and moral evil. This is why the Psalmist exclaims: "Blessed is he whose fault is taken away, / whose sin is covered", and then says, addressing God: "I acknowledged my sin to you, / my guilt I covered not. / I said, "I confess my faults to the Lord' / and you took away the guilt of my sin" (32[31]: 1, 5). The sins that we commit distance us from God and, if we do not humbly confess them, trusting in divine mercy, they will finally bring about the death of the soul. This miracle thus has a strong symbolic value. Jesus, as Isaiah had prophesied, is the Servant of the Lord who "has borne our griefs / and carried our sorrows" (Is 53: 4). In his Passion he will become as a leper, made impure by our sins, separated from God: he will do all this out of love, to obtain for us reconciliation, forgiveness and salvation. In the Sacrament of Penance, the Crucified and Risen Christ purifies us through his ministers with his infinite mercy, restores us to communion with the heavenly Father and with our brothers and makes us a gift of his love, his joy and his peace. [emphasis added]

Read the entire February 15, 2009, Angelus address.

Todd Newbold

Nit pick the vocabulary. The truth is what really offends some people. Jesus never said anything about hundreds of issues, he did say that the second greatest commendent is "Love your neighbor." All anti-Catholism is not about theology, philosophy, morals, ethics -- IT IS ALL ABOUT POLITICS.

AMDG

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