Reading: Matthew 25: 31-44
Verse 40: “Whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did for me”.
At first, today’s passage is challenging because we can all think of times when we we both the sheep and the goats. There are times in our lives when we have taken the time for one who was hungry or thirsty or have visited with a stranger or one who was sick. There have also been times when we have passed by or ignored or chosen not to help, not to stop, not to care fore one in need when we could have. But I do not think today’s passage is about making us feel guilty that we did not serve one in need or proud that we did. It is about helping us to understand that Jesus is present in all of us. It is about being open to the times when the Holy spirit nudges us to be of help and also about how we grow in our faith when we step outside of our comfort zones.
What is it about our times with the hungry, thirsty, sick, imprisoned and strangers that allow us to experience Jesus more? In those times when we step outside the normal, outside our comfort zones, we are more willing to see or experience Jesus in a new way. Sometimes it is in the experience of serving another, sometimes it is in seeing Jesus in them, and sometimes it is about feeling personally connected to Jesus ourselves. It is much like going on a mission trip or going to camp or a revival meeting – we are then mentally predisposed to experience Jesus in a new and powerful way, so we are more likely to do so.
More often than not, when we feel nudged or even led to engage or serve another, we should if at all possible. Simply because we might meet or experience Jesus more is reason enough. May we heed the warmth we feel in out hearts, allowing ourselves and others to know Jesus and His love today.