Yesterday was Sunday, when Catholics are obliged to worship Jesus in Mass. Many people saw Jesus yesterday. Since a sizable percentage of registered Catholics fail to believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, many people who actually received His body and blood yesterday failed to recognize Him. Did you miss Jesus when you saw Him, or did you recognize Him?
Jesus is not easy to recognize. Even His relative, John the Baptizer, did not recognize Him (Jn 1:31, 33). In today's Gospel reading, both the just and the unjust saw Jesus, but failed to recognize Him (Mt 25:37, 44). Amazingly, the just actively served Him, but still missed Him! This should give pause to us who are His disciples. How many times did we fail to recognize Jesus this week?
Jesus might not be easy to recognize now, but no one will miss Him on Judgment Day. On that day, "every eye shall see Him, even of those who" have rejected Him (Rv 1:7). Finally, we won't miss seeing Him, but then the season of mercy will be over, and it will be too late to repent.
Therefore, repent today. Confess your sins in the Sacrament of Reconcilation. Serve Jesus in the poor, the downtrodden, the co-worker, the starving, the persecuted, and your enemies (see Mt 25:35-36). "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Lv 19:18). You may miss recognizing Jesus, even as you serve Him, but you won't miss out on being with Him forever in the ecstasy of heaven.
|Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from February 1, 2007 through March 31, 2007.
†Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 3, 2006 & September 18, 2006.