November 11, 2010
+ Saint Martin of Tours
Matthew 25: 31 – 40
On this Feast Day of Saint Martin, the Church has chosen the account of the Last Judgment found in the Gospel of Saint Matthew.
This selection was prompted for a number of reasons. One of them is that the conversion of St. Martin began when he was an officer in the Roman Army stationed in Gaul. He was on night patrol and met a beggar poorly clothed. Martin gave him a portion of his red military cloak.
Later that night, as he lay sleeping in the barracks, Martin heard a noise and upon waking, he saw Christ clothed in the military cloak he had earlier given to the poor man. This prompted Martin to request Baptism. He later was ordained a priest and was appointed bishop of what is now the French city of Tours.
Another reason for the church’s selection of this Gospel passage from Mathew is its meditation on the Last Judgment when each of us will be asked by Christ to give an account of himself.
This passage is not meant to frighten us but it is a sobering reminder that each of us is responsible for his actions: those acts we carry out and for those we fail to carry out; those things we say and those we fail to say.
May Saint Martin, through his intercession and good example, help us to be faithful and conscientious members of the Church.