The Imprisoned King
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine
All Praise and All Thanksgiving, Be Every Moment Thine
In this blog, like last week, I wish to take the Gospel and sort do a textual Lectio Divina on it, and share what Our Blessed Lord put on my heart. I’m not going to say this was a personal locution or anything like that, however I will say this Gospel absolutely left it’s mark. I think it is quite fitting that this Gospel in particular was chosen to end the Church’s Liturgical year. It was a clarion call to action for the Faithful. Many interpret this Gospel with a sort of social justice lens, and I normally do the same, however this Sunday was different, and I would like to share why.
Gospel Mt 25:31-46
Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne,and all the nations will be assembled before him.
And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
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 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 the 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.”
I wish to expound on some points that our Lord impressed upon me from listening to this Gospel. I wish to acknowledge our Lord is speaking in a large way about the poor and needy. If I didn’t acknowledge that, I’m pretty sure Blessed Mother Teresa would slap me. However, the Spirit of God opened up an understanding I had not thought about before, and which I have never heard preached in relation to this Gospel. What if this Gospel was about the Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament?
For I was hungry and you gave me food.
Jesus is hungering for the salvation of men. He literally pines for men to come to Him in humility in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Jesus waits night and day for souls to visit Him, to turn to Him there in their hearts, and to be with Him. He desires that men who devote themselves to His service would lead others to Him in this Sacrament of His Love, that He may CONSUME the souls of whom He loves. He wishes that those who receive Him would become assimilated by Him; United in perfect union with His Most Sacred Heart.
I was thirsty, and you gave me drink
In the Gospels, Jesus always relates His thirst to that of the thirst for souls. The Church has always understood that when Jesus spoke the words, “I thirst”, upon the altar of the Cross, He was not asking for literal drink, but for souls. Jesus is thirsting to have all men love Him in this Glorious Sacrament. He desires for us to visit Him; To console His Sacred Heart for all of the ingratitude and indifference He endures in the Sacrament of His love. This is a divine mystery, to know that though our Blessed Lord is perfectly happy within the Trinity, yet there is still a deep desire for us, that causes Him great sorrow.
How much do we try to satisfy the hunger and thirst of our God in the Sacrament of Sacraments? Are we actively seeking to grow in holiness so as to console our Lord? Are we trying to lead souls to Him, especially in the Blessed Sacrament? Though he hungers for us, do we realize that souls are hungering for Him too? Our Lord does not want to see His children starve. Are we aiding in feeding the poor in spirit with the Bread of Life by leading souls to the altar of sacrifice?
…a stranger and you welcomed me
Jesus can be seen in the poor and the needy . They have a voice, a face, and hands and feet that are tangible. Take a walk down the street in your nearest big city, you’ll see Him disguised in the poor. However, though these are least in society, none more least can you become than bread. Jesus is a stranger to us in many ways. He comes to us humbly, simply looking for a place of refuge; to find shelter from the cold of the indifference of man. Our home is our heart. Are we prepared to welcome such a distinguished but humble visitor into the home of our hearts? Have we gone to Confession and had the cobwebs wiped away and the dust removed? Do we properly prepare ourselves for the reception of the Blessed Sacrament by taking time to prepare? Do we make a decent thanksgiving after reception of Holy Communion? We can offer God squaller, or we can offer Him an immaculate house. Are we in our prayer dropping only a couple cents worth of love and affection, or are we seeking to give Him all that we are in humble adoration of this Sacrament? Do we ay upon reception of our Blessed Lord in Communion, “Jesus, I am very glad you’ve come. I’ve been waiting. See I’ve prepared a place for You to stay. Please stay as long as You want” or “Oh Jesus, I’m sorry, I was really busy and had no time to prepare for you to come. Here, sit among this filth, as it’s the only place I have for you to sit”? Notice here, our Lord will still come but the question is, how much will He in turn pour out to you in this midst of this mess?
…naked and you clothed me
Our Blessed Lord was, at the moment of His birth, wrapped in swaddling cloths. During His Sacred Passion, He was stripped of His clothes. In His Rising, He was clothed in glory. In the Blessed Sacrament, He was stripped of His glory. ALL FOR YOU AND I. Our Lord is in the Tabernacles of the World, abandoned and alone. Many tabernacles are never visited. If we could see with our eyes the Blessed King in the Host, there would never again be heinous sacrileges and indifference. We would tremble in fear. We would be unable to stand before Him due to our sins. Jesus did not want this, and so stripped Himself of everything that looked like glory, and changes Bread and Wine into Himself. However, how are we to clothe our Lord, there? Firstly, from our hearts, we must live lives of sanctity for His sake. If we keep unsullied the Garment of our Baptism, this in turn clothes our Lord in glory once more. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament clothes Him in love. We surround Him with Gold and the most precious of jewels in Monstrances and Traditional Monstrances; High Altars and Shrines declare Him Lord and wrap Him in the garment of adoration. Do we seek to crown Him with many crowns with our lives and love? Even in the simple things like buying flowers to adorn the Tabernacle, or Vigil Candles to burn before the Lord, or oil for the lamps? This belongs to those who truly love Him.
…ill and you cared for me
St. Catherine of Sienna was given the grace (to her a what felt like a curse), to literally smell sin. If she were to come into contact with someone who was in a state of mortal sin, she would immediately smell the stench of their souls and get sick to the point of throwing up. Revelation 3:15 talks about Jesus vomiting the lukewarm from His mouth. If a little Saintly woman who herself had sinned could become violently ill due to the sins of others, how much more the King of Purity be more acutely aware of sin? We must seek not to let our Blessed Lord lose his lunch over our state of soul. Jesus is absolutely ill with the ingratitude and indifference of men, especially of His chosen sons, the priests. This is a God who knows the beauty of His creation; seeing their true worth and sees how they deface the greatest works of art ever created. We must seek to live pure lives so as to make Jesus comfortable in the homes of our hearts. We must make reparation for the damage done to His Sacred Heart in this great Sacrament.
…in prison and you visited me
Our Lord is waiting. Patiently, night and day, our Lord waits for us in the Tabernacle. We are the desire of His heart. He willingly imprisons Himself behind the golden doors (God forbid they be made of something less than a precious metal), and waits for us to visit Him in this prison. He waits to pour our His Love and His grace upon us. Many of our churches stayed locked and no one can come to visit Him. Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is treated like a joke by many dissenters. How can God withhold His wrath? He is still mocked. The numbers of those ranked with the enemy, who desecrate churches, and trample our Lord underfoot in sacrilegious black masses. They visit our Lord only to place the kiss of death upon His cheek? And do we care? Do we make reparation for the many sacrilegious communions that take place? Do we make reparation for the communions we have made which were less than worthy? We must visit Him in the Tabernacle and in Eucharistic Adoration and console His Sacred Heart.
“Jesus is there, Go to Him!” – St. Peter Julian Eymard
Hellfire awaits us who ignore our Lord truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. And rightfully so. Why should we spend eternity with someone we did not make time to spend with on earth?
God love you.
In the Immaculata,
If you benefitted from this reflection, another great talk from the priests from AudioSancto.Org on Making Reparation to the Sacred Heart can be found here – Behold This Heart Which Has Loved So Much
+ADOREMUS IN AETERNUM SANCTISSIMUM SACRAMENTUM+
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