Sept 06th - Olinto Marella
It is not everyday that you get to be the classmate of a future pope and saint who holds you in high regard, but I guess someone has to be. Olinto was ordained but unlike his classmate the future John XXIII, he studied and taught in seminary and at the parish level, spending much of his time seeking funding for sufficient housing for the poor among other things to address the needs of the poor and marginalized.
A message that Olinto delivered while sitting on a stool to passerbys on the street, was to be aware of their indifference to the suffering of others. It is a good message to each of us. You do not have to be pope to do great things, or to call attention to injustices.
Olinto is another "new" addition but shows that even in the 20th century things had not really changed for us and that the call of Christ to us to take care of the least of our brothers and sisters is as urgent today as it was 2000 years ago.
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’ Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’ He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’ And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
-- Matthew 25:31-46
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