What is going on around me? ‘Hunger’ is it just for food; and ‘thirst’ just for water? Are ‘clothes’ just the classy garments that we wear? Is ‘sickness’ just a physical ailment? Does ‘prison’ mean ‘behind bars’?
Places where we live – yours, mine, theirs – are all the same. We see the immensely rich who wallow in their wealth; and the extremely poor who live a hand to mouth existence, toiling all day to put some form of food in the mouth of their undernourished babies and children.
Why not we reach out to those who hunger for true friendship; thirst for solace; provide them decent clothes to wear; bring some cheer to those who lead a woebegone life; and encourage those who live in prisons to mend their thinking and change their ways and manners to what others expect them to be.
These impressions came to me by reading the Gospel of Mathew 25:31-46.
Jesus said to his disciples:
“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.”
- Wired to do the Right Thing (cinhosa.wordpress.com)
- St. Symeon the New Theologian on the Last Judgment (frted.wordpress.com)
- Grace Challenge (seekjusticelovemercywalkhumbly.wordpress.com)
- The Compassion of Heathens (fidlerten.com)
- “As you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me” (worryisuseless.wordpress.com)
- Locked In, But Not Locked Out – By Joy Wilson (godspace.wordpress.com)