“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:
In caring, Jesus is our model and leader. Each day Jesus retreated from the demands of serving others to be prayerfully with his God. Then he was better able to come down from his mountain retreat to minister more fully to those needing and pleading for his love. He turned away no one, but he also didn’t try to do it all by himself. He enlisted others to extend God’s caring to all, especially to “the least” of God’s people. Today he invites each of us anew to be his ministers of caring in our own time and place. In the words of Sr. Helen Prejean, how will we be “the face of Christ” for others? -James McGinnis, “Ordinary Caring Makes Extraordinary Perseverance Possible,” Weavings
God, forgive me for the times I overlooked the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick, the imprisoned. With others beside me, help me to look directly at injustice and become an agent of mercy. Help me see the face of Christ in all people. Amen.