“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why:
I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped in for a visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.’
“Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?”
Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me – you did it for me.”
and later – “He will answer them, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me – you failed to do it to me.”
Sometimes, we get all wrapped up in worshiping the gods – the gods created by us – laws that somehow made sense in past centuries, but as we continue to grow in knowledge and insight, make little or no sense – but we keep worshiping them just the same. ‘We’ve always done it this way!’ But no, we have not always done it this way. And we are not at the end of our learning curve yet – we are still curious and filled with wonder. But at the same time, in our limited vision, we still see the world and creation through the micro-scope and fail to look through the telescope. We need both. We are often blind to those who are starving, who are naked, who are the Anawhim or strangers looking for healing and life. We so often like to stand above others in judgement and to refuse to actually look – to see the Spirit of God in them. We would rather spit on them or kick them while they are down. We refuse them admittance to the table of the Lord – they are not worthy. They are the refugees, the poor, those who somehow do not fit within ‘polite society.”
The Ten Commandments, Jesus stated, are all wrapped up in the love of God with our whole being, and our neighbor as ourselves. In this we are called to love ourselves and see the Spirit of God within ourselves – and then to see that same Spirit within all of creation – not just those that I judge worthy. Every grain of sand, every blade of grass, every plant and animal, every person, is created in love and adds to the whole. The Gospels call all followers of Jesus to do as he did – to proclaim the good news without demanding that everyone think or act just as I do – we are not clones – we share in the grand diversity of creation and are called to celebrate with joy the many gifts that we continually receive each and every second, every moment of each day.
THIS IS THE DAY, THE LORD HAS MADE, LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD.
We might attempt to quit our belly-aching, moaning, bitching, and feeling sorry for ourselves and get busy helping each other along our common journey. Negativity accomplishes nothing, but is like a cancer that spreads and destroys. Faith, hope and love bring life and hope to a fractured and wounded world – through service and caring for one another.
WHEN DID WE LOOK OUTSIDE OF OUR OWN PREJUDICES AND JUDGEMENTS – AND ACTUALLY SEE OTHERS AS INDIVIDUALS – EACH GIFTED AND SACRED – TO SEE THE FACE OF JESUS IN ONE ANOTHER?