This Sunday, I would like for us to look, again, at a scripture text that we have looked at often in this service. It is also one that many of you are able to recite by memory. This time, I would like for us to look at this text a little differently. Through a slightly different pair of lenses. The scripture text is Matthew 25:35-40 (printed at the end of this post.) Often, when we look at this text it is from the perspective of what is being done – feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, caring for the sick, and visiting the prisoner. I want us to look at this text from the perspective of who is being seen or unseen while doing what kind of things.
How often do we see God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit in our day? At home? At work? At play? When we see the stranger who is smiling at us and nodding a hello, do we see God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit within them? How often, when we are doing the simple, mundane, ordinary things of life (watering the plants, taking out the trash, fixing dinner), do we see God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit in the midst? When we look back at the big and the small milestones of our life, do we see God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit having been at work in those events? If we see God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit in the mundane and the ordinary – in things like having a picnic, watching a parade, lighting fireworks – then are these things sacred or secular?
I pray everyone has a blessed Memorial Day weekend and I pray each of us will see where and how God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit is in the midst of this holiday.
I look forward to worshipping God with you this Sunday beginning at 7:20 a.m. in Wesley Hall, 8:30 a.m. in the Chapel, and 9:30 a.m. in the Foundation building.
Your sister in Christ,
35 I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. 36 I was naked and you gave me clothes to wear. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37 “Then those who are righteous will reply to him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? 38 When did we see you as a stranger and welcome you, or naked and give you clothes to wear? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 “Then the king will reply to them, ‘I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.’