Thursday, February 27, 2014
just as you did it for them...
Good evening friends,
Today's reading (and tomorrow's) give us one of the most familiar and haunting images of judgment in the Bible. Jesus tells the crowd that they will be judged based on how we treat the most vulnerable members of society. Religion is important, but our faith isn't real if it doesn't change the way we treat other people. In a nation like ours that is very wealthy and yet has a rapidly growing divide between rich and poor, God's word is a wake up call. Both in policy and in individual decisions, God is watching us.
31“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left.
34Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’
37Then 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? 38And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40And 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.’