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medium_5140213820On the Feast of Christ the King, my priest began his homily, saying, “Let’s start with the end in mind.” He was speaking about the Gospel reading (Matthew 25:31 – 46), in which we learned a little bit about the Second Coming and our Final Judgement before God. As the Gospel said, and my priest reaffirmed, in the end, we will be judged on one thing: our love.

Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio wrote a very similar sentiment, over at New Evangelization.

He said, “Jesus makes clear that loving God with your whole heart is expressed in loving your neighbor as yourself.  And whenever you love your neighbor in this way, you are actually loving the Son of God. So ultimately, the judgment is simple.  It all comes down to love.  The judge happens to be the King of hearts.

“Loving God with all your heart doesn’t mean giving a respectful nod to God and then going on your merry way.  It means going out of your way, passionately seeking to love him and serve him in all that you do.”

I don’t think I do this nearly as often as I should — my intention is good, and I want to serve God’s people, but I rarely actually go out of my way to do it. I do it when it’s easy. I do it when it’s simple — when it doesn’t require too much of me. But when it gets hard, messy, or inconvenient, I’ve looked the other way before…

But love does not look the other way when the going gets tough.

Let’s pray that God will help us to not look away, and that the Holy Spirit will guide us — so that we may be more generous, more charitable, more merciful, and more loving.

photo credit: Benurs – Learning and learning…