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Gospel Reflection – Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – Matthew 25:31-46
Trying to describe God is at the heart of the bible stories in the Old and the New Testament. It is also something that the great scholars and theologians of the Church have tried to interpret so that we can begin to understand who God is and what he is like.
Our problem is that we can only think of God within the constraints of our human existence here on earth.
In the gospel this week, Jesus tells a parable that cuts through this dilemma of understanding the divine from our everyday life experiences by emphasising that each of us are created in the image of God.
How we treat and look after one another with this knowledge will determine whether we have seen God and be welcomed into the Kingdom that has been prepared for us.
We offer to you, Loving God, the gifts and needs of youth.
Bless them with your guiding grace as they face the challenges and opportunities in their lives.
Touch their hearts with the gentleness of your love, that they may know they are valued and valuable beings.
Send your spirit of hope to their lives, that they may believe in themselves and know they are needed in this world.
Grace them with the gift of joy that they may celebrate life through laughter and tears alike.
Guide us, as we continue to grow in appreciation of the many gifts of young people, in the ministry opportunities we offer to them, in the journey of faith we walk with them, in our shared mission as a community called to discipleship in the world.
We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.