“Come, you who fostered my love, for I am love”

As the holy Gospel clearly proclaims, the Son of Man will gather together all nations. “He will separate people one from another, as a shepherd separates sheep from goats. The sheep he will place at his right hand, the goats at his left. Then he will say to those at his right: Come, my Father’s blessed ones, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” Come, you lovers of poor people and strangers. Come, you who fostered my love, for I am love. Come, you who shared peace, for I am peace.

“Come, my Father’s blessed ones, inherit the kingdom prepared for you” who did not make an idol of wealth, who gave alms to the poor, help to orphans and widows, drink to the thirsty, and food to the hungry.

Come, you who welcomed strangers, clothed the naked, visited the sick, comforted prisoners, and assisted the blind.

Come, you who kept the seal of faith unbroken, who were swift to assemble in the churches, who listened to my Scriptures, longed for my words, observed my law day and night, and like good soldiers shared in my suffering because you wanted to please me, your heavenly King.

“Come, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

Look, my kingdom is ready, paradise stands open, my immortality is displayed in all its beauty. Come now, all of you, “inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

You are the Eternal, without beginning like the Father, and co-eternal with the Spirit. You are the One who created all things from nothing; you are the King of angels; you make the depths tremble; you are “clothed in light as in a robe”; you are our maker who fashioned us from the earth; you are the creator of the world invisible. The whole earth flies from your presence. How could we possibly have received your lordship, your royal majesty, as our guest?

Then will the King of Kings say to them in reply: “Inasmuch as you did this to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did it to me.” Inasmuch as you received, clothed, fed, and gave a drink to those members of mine about whom I have just spoken to you, that is, to the poor, you did it to me.

So come, enter “the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world”; enjoy for ever the gift of my heavenly Father, and of the most holy and life-giving Spirit. What tongue can describe those blessings? “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard nor human heart conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.”

Hippolytus

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One Response to “Come, you who fostered my love, for I am love”

  1. Young and Rested says:

    It is good to be reminded that our Lord identified with the lowliest among us and that how we act towards them is a true reflection of our character. I believe that the latter is true even when we find ourselves among the lowly. It may even be that in helping ameliorate our own suffering and in reforming the wretch within, that we are serving the Lord by serving ourselves.

    Here is a beautiful and unsearchable mystery, that our infinite and holy God condescends to meet us even in our weaknesses.

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