Meatfare Sunday

(St. Matthew 25:31-46)

St. Martin of Tours cutting his cloak to clothe the poor man. St. Martin of Tours cutting his cloak to clothe the poor man.
The Gospel reading appointed for Meatfare Sunday comes from the Gospel according to St Matthew and concerns the Last Judgement. Christ speaks to us concerning in what manner we will eventually be judged when He returns. Rather than pointing out that the righteous will consist of those who simply ‘believe’ in God and lead a good life, or even those who go to Church every Sunday, Christ tells us that it is not solely our faith, but also our actions that will determine our final destination. Jesus is more concerned about how we act toward those around us, and in particular, towards those less fortunate.

One of the important things that Christ teaches us through His message is that whatever we do to the next person, we do the same to Christ also. And it brings up the important fact that the true Christian is the one who sees Christ in everyone. All are created in the image and likeness of God; we are all (or at least strive to be) living icons of Christ. And it’s when we recognise that image of Christ in everyone (including our ‘enemies’) that we gain a step closer to residing in the mansions of the Father that have been prepared for us.

The next time that you set out to destroy someone’s reputation, break someone’s heart, show indifference and even ignorance toward a person, or maliciously gossip about someone, remember that Christ says that you’re doing exactly the same thing to Him! And whatever you do wrong to the next person will count against you when the Righteous Judge returns. We Christians can sometimes be judgemental toward those around us (both in and out of the Church), and yet we don’t stop to think that this will reflect on Christ Himself. We take the duty of the Judge and make judgement against the Saviour. We really need to see that icon of Christ in everyone no matter who they are.

We also need to ACT as Christians, and what this means is pouring out your heart and resources to those less fortunate around us. Great and Holy Lent is a time for repentance, change, and renewal in our lives. It’s also a time to evaluate what we have done in terms of caring for our neighbour. Use this time leading toward Holy Pascha to do something about ACTING like an Orthodox Christian, rather than merely thinking like one.

Holy Monastery of Axion Estin

2/18/2012

Comments
Bernadette Popowych1/9/2018 6:20 pm
Thank you for the permission to use the excerpts. I will give credit to the original article as requested, although when I searched, this page was not available.

All the best in the New Year!
Bernadette Popowych
Editor12/12/2017 3:12 pm
Bernadette: You can use excerpts, but please give credit to the original article at http://www.axionestin.org.au/education/sunday-sermon/133-sunday-sermon27february.html.
Bernadette Popowych12/11/2017 10:58 pm
Glory to Jesus Christ!
I had previously commented on this article. I would like to use excerpts of this article on our new parish website and am seeking permission to do so. Would you please allow me to use it? I would be most appreciative.

Bernadette Popowych
Education chair
Ss Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church
Saskatoon, SK
Canada
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