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P2 Makeup November 4th or 5th Corporal Works of Mercy

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The Old Testament (Isaiah 58.6-10) and the New Testament (Matthew 25.34-40) are the biblical origins for the Corporal Works of Mercy. These charitable actions for the common good and basic human welfare reflect the Church's teachings on Catholic social justice . Pope John Paul II reminds us in his encyclical, Rich in Mercy that "Jesus Christ taught that man not only receives and experiences the mercy of God, but that his is also called to practice mercy toward others" 'Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy'". 

Read Isaiah 25.6-10 but before you do please note:


  • In case you are not a farmer, a yoke is a wooden crosspiece that is fastened over the necks of two animals and attached to a plow or cart that they are to pull. So you will see that the prophet Isaiah is giving us a concise summary of the essentials of true religion: free the oppressed, feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and clothe the naked. 
  • It is believed this was written during the Jewish Exile in the 6th Century. They were a conquered people kicked out of Israel and transported to Babylon. Babylon was located in modern day Iraq.  
Now read Matthew 25.34-40 noting that this verse is taken from Matthew's last parable (teaching story) about the Final Judgment (the end of times when Jesus will come again). In the prior parable Jesus is depicted as the Good Shepard. Here the image shifts to Jesus as King. Jesus separating those "blessed by my Father" (those going heaven) from the 'accursed" (those going to hell). The bottom line is that we have all heard the Gospel message and have been invited to participate in God's Kingdom. And we will eventually be judged according to our deeds. 

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