When the end of time comes, we all will be judged according to our deeds. When is the last time you have fed the hungry, given drink to the thirsty, welcomed a stranger, given clothing to the less fortunate, visited the sick, or visited a prisoner? In our society, it takes going out of our way to do these things for others. How well do you make the effort?
Furthermore, God gave each of us special gifts (i.e. talents). How each of us use these gifts will weigh heavily on whether we will be blessed or cursed at our judgement. We must live our lives according to God’s will. Therefore, think about the gifts God has given you. Are you using them to better God’s kingdom? Or, has society’s influences caused you to turn from God and His will?
This week’s readings caused us to pause and evaluate how well we are helping others and preparing ourselves for God’s judgment. I know I have some work to do! How about you?
- First Steps in Establishing God’s Reign – Part 4 (25:1-26:2)
- The Passion and Resurrection – Part 1 (26:3-26:75)
- What verse(s) stood out to you and why?
- The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible – The Gospel of Matthew provides some information on Matthew 25:1-13: “The lamp is Christian faith, while the oil represents good works; thus faith without works is useless (Jas 2:17).” Do you lack good works?
- How do you use the talents God gave you? What keeps you from doing what God wants you to do with the talents He gave you? (see Matthew 25:14-30)
- How do you show love to God and neighbor? (see Matthew 25:31-46)
- Is there a price you would accept to betray Jesus or denounce your faith? People throughout the world do this for different reasons, like sin, greed, and sometimes out of fear for their life or their family’s lives. If you were in their shoes, would you do the same? (see Matthew 26:14-16)
- How often, when you pray, do you say “not as I will, but as thou wilt.” How would/does this phrase adjust how you open yourself up to God? (see Matthew 26:39)
- Have you ever denied Jesus and/or your faith? If so, how did it make you feel? Have you asked for forgiveness? (see Matthew 26:69-75)
- Additional Questions found in your study guide or in the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible – The Gospel of Matthew