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Pope Francis greets an elderly woman as he meets with people in a poor neighborhood in Asuncion, Paraguay, in this July 12, 2015, file photo. Pastoral care of the poor and those in need has been emphasis of the pontificate of Pope Francis. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See VATICAN-LETTER-LATIN-AMERICA July 14, 2016.

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Jesus Christ King of the Universe. Pope Francis urges us to “embrace the Gospel as the compass of our lives.” Today’s Gospel (Matt 25:31–46) shows us where “true North” lies.

The three previous parables in recent gospel readings set the scene for today’s gospel—the final judgement. How we live our lives; how we follow His commandment to LOVE Him and our neighbour will be the determining factor. As Pope Francis states: “The starting point of salvation is not the confession of the sovereignty of Christ, but rather the imitation of Jesus’ works of mercy through which he brought about his kingdom. The one who accomplishes these works shows that he has welcomed Christ’s sovereignty, because he has opened his heart to God’s charity. In the twilight of life, we will be judged on our love for, closeness to and tenderness towards our brothers and sisters”.

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