What Do Super Tuesday, the Last Judgement and Lent Have In Common?
The stakes are high for Super Tuesday but…
By the time you read this millions of people will have made choices that will affect the future of the United States.
More than one-third of America’s voting population is expected to cast their ballots on Super Tuesday, the biggest primary election so far in 2020. Fourteen states and one U.S. territory will hold nominating contests to award a total of 1,357 delegates. To put that in perspective, this amounts to 33.8% of the nationwide total.
The stakes are high but not as high as we think.
Choices are even higher in our scriptures.
Jesus reminds us of the consequences of a lifetime of choices. He tells us about the way God views life and the stakes.
It’s a simple description but it spells out the consequence.
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 these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ MT 25;34 ff
Can you think of a choice more important than the Last Judgement?
Lent is a time to take stock of the consequences of our actions.
Lent is a time of waking up to the most significant choices of our lives. Will we take seriously Jesus’ description of the way God views our choices?
When all is said and done Lent is about waking up to the significance of our choices.
Food for thought
- What part of “whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” do we block out?
- Do I realize that the spiritual and corporal works of mercy spell out the details of the “whatsoever” of the choices we have in living our lives?
- Do I see Lent as a time to grow in my ability to see Christ in ALL the people of my life?