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Final Judgement

Posted on 29th July, 2017

THE SUMMARY OF SR. STELLA MARIS OF PRO LABORE DEI SERMON ON THURSDAY 29TH OF JUNE, 2017.

 

TOPIC : FINAL JUDGMENT

 

- On behalf of the poor, Sr. Stella-Maris thanked all PLD family members that came out to reach out to the poor on Friday the feast of Sacred Heart.

 

- She narrated final judgment that Jesus stated in the Gospel of Matthew. (Matt. 25: 31-46. Please read up)

 

-"When the Son of Man comes in his glory with all his Angels, he will sit on the throne of glory. All the nations will be brought before him, and as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, so he will divide them, placing the sheep on his right hand and goats on his left."

 

- The King will say to those on His right, come blessed of My Father! Take possession of the kingdom... For I was hungry you fed Me, thirsty you gave Me to drink, stranger you welcomed Me into your house, naked you clothed Me, sick and in prison you visited Me.

 

- The upright will ask Him when they saw Him in those needful situations and did all those things for Him and the King will answer, "truly I say to you, whenever you did this to one of the least of My brothers, you did it to Me." (Matt. 25:37-40)

 

- On the other hand, He will say to those on His left, go away from me, you that are under God's curse, go into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels! For I was hungry you did not give Me anything to eat, thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink, stranger you did not welcome Me into your house, naked you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me. ( Matt. 25:41-43)

 

- So the people will also ask Him when they saw Him in those needful conditions and did not do all those things to Him and the King will answer; "truly I say to you whatever you did not do for one of the least of My brothers, you did not do it to Me."  (Matt25:44-45)

 

- Sr. Stella Maris said that Our Lord Jesus has exposed to us the things we should do to enter heaven. But some people have neglected it, and looking for something bigger to do in order to go to heaven.

 

- Like students whose teacher has given areas of concentration for the exam after teaching them, Jesus has told us what we should do to go to heaven. Any of the students who fails to concentrate on the areas while preparing for the exam and thereby fails the exam, is a foolish student.

 

- The problem of some people is that they do not believe that what will make them go to heaven can be as simple as the things Jesus stated in Matt. 25. So such people fashioned for themselves what they think will make them go to heaven.

 

-Sr. Stella Maris made an illustration of a rich man Chief/Sir/Dr/...who neglected the passage and went on donating big things in the Church in order to be recognized by his Parish Priests and Bishops.

 

Many times, while going to handover the Churches he built to the Priests/ Bishops, he passed many beggars on the road and never thought of helping them. He always get irritated when beggars come near his jeep or house to ask for anything. He took NO delight in helping the poor.

 

Since he donates very expensive things in the Church in order to be recognized, he was recognized by the authorities in the Church. He was a friend to many Priests and Bishops. Whenever Bishop visits his parish, the priest would introduce him to the Bishop as the pillar behind the parish. He was always praised by the people in the Church. On the days of special functions in the Church, seats will be reserved for him and his household. He sits in a banquet with high officials of the Church on those days. He was given big titles in the Church.

 

One day he died and thought he would make heaven. When he reached, Peter checked the list and told him that the gate of heaven cannot be opened for him because his name was not on the list. The man doubted and told St. Peter to check well because he donated so much to the Church. So Peter mentioned some names of people from his parish on the list e. g Agnes Labaja. The man was astonished and shouted, "Agnes! How can her name be there and mine missing" the man asked. He went on "Agnes was poor and had not donated to the Church like I did, I even sometimes gave her some money."

 

So St. Peter answered that Agnes spent her life helping the poor; feeding them, clothing  and visiting them, etc. He told the rich man that even when he gave Agnes money, she used some of the money to help the poor.

 

Then the man started to protest, shouting that he cannot be allowed to go to hellfire but Peter reminded him that such a thing is not being done in heaven, that he had all his reserved seats in earthly banquets but none in heaven while Agnes was not recognized and had none on earth but is highly recognized in heaven. She has her seat reserved here in heaven.

 

Then the devil came to drag the rich man into hell and his voice was heard screaming, "NO!  NO!

 

- So Sr. Stella Maris  said that the gate of heaven can ONLY be made open if we follow the criteria of life stated on Matt. 25, and not our big titles.

 

- Our actions of help to the poor go ahead of us to open the gate of heaven even before we reach.

 

- When you render all those assistance to the poor, you render them to Jesus and Jesus whom you rendered the assistance to will give your name to His Father, therefore His Father will include your name in the book of heaven.

 

- "He who has ear, let him hear what the Spirit has spoken on this day of the feast of Saints Peter and Paul." (Sr. Stella-Maris’s concluding prayer)

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