“Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who will receive good things from my Father. Inherit the kingdom that was prepared for you before the world began. 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. 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.’ “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? When did we see you as a stranger and welcome you, or naked and give you clothes to wear? When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ “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.’
Food For Thought:
Who are the hungry among us? The thirsty? The stranger? The naked? The sick? The imprisoned? Who are those to whom we can extend the love of Jesus Christ? There are hurting people all around us―people whose basic needs are not met and people whose emotional and spiritual needs are great. We have neighbors who need tangible signs of God’s love from us—food, water, clothing, medicine. We have neighbors who need to be reminded that God’s love is for them—with hospitality, a greeting, or a visit. We can offer those signs and reminders. We can be agents of comfort, mercy and love. What opportunity have we missed? Who is waiting for us? Who is waiting for you?
Jesus, I know you have called me to be a sign of love and mercy to my neighbors. I know I have things I can offer to strangers. I know I have resources that I can let go of. Jesus, forgive me for the opportunities I have missed to show love and kindness. Please open my eyes, my heart and my hands. Amen.
Here are ways you can be an agent of love and mercy through our congregation: