Gospel Lesson of the Last Judgment (Matthew 25:31-46)
Mother Maria Skobtsova wrote:
The way to God lies through love of people. At the Last Judgment I shall not be asked whether I was successful in my ascetic exercises, nor how many bows and prostrations I made. Instead I shall be asked, did I feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick and the prisoners. That is all I shall be asked. About every poor, hungry and imprisoned person the Savior says “I”: “I was hungry, and thirsty, I was sick and in prison.” To think that he puts and equal sign between himself and anyone in need…I always knew it, but now it has somehow penetrated to my sinews. It fills me with awe.
Michael Plekon, in Living Icons wrote:
“Father Lev concludes the retreat on the burning bush, which I have closely followed here, with the incident toward the end of the apostle Paul’s adventures during his journey as a prisoner to stand trial in Rome, toward the end of the Acts of the Apostles, 28. The soaked, shivering survivors of the shipwreck are received with ‘great kindness’ by the barbarian inhabitants of the island of Malta. A huge fire is made so that they can warm and dry themselves. Moreover, the Maltese take the survivors back to their homes, after the emergency services are delivered, for food, rest, and other care. If we are truly servant of the Lord Love, Father Lev says by way of conclusion, then like the residents of Malta, we too will seek out the survivors wherever they may be, drenched and paralyzed by rain and cold, bringing them fire, the fire of our love, the fire of the burning bush, of Limitless Love.”