Scripture

Matthew 25: 37-40images (2)

37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink?

38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing?

39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’

40 And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.

 

Reflection

“Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

It’s interesting to me that we are so shocked by the King’s (Jesus’) response to the righteous.   We readily accept the notion that Jesus died for US on the cross.   But the idea that Christ himself benefits or suffers as a result of how we treat our fellow human beings is stunning to us.

It suggests to me just how vastly we underestimate (a) God’s love for the world, (b) God’s complete empathy and identification with God’s creation and (c) our community with God.    It makes me pause to consider what I will say and how I will act with the people I’ll encounter today.

 

Prayer

Dear Lord,

With every word,  every touch, every act,

remind me that how I treat others

pleases or pains you.

Amen

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