Monday, 6 March 2017

The least of these...

Matthew 25:37-40
Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’

Who are the least of these?
In your community,
whom would you consider
the least of these?
The ones we are to feed
and clothe
those who thirst,
those whom we are to see free
from all manner of bondage.
Those who are estranged from loved ones,
and crave our company.
The least of these
live in our community
hang out in our neighbourhoods
populate the places we frequent.
They do not wear convenient labels
so that they can be easily identified.
They do not present themselves
for our ministrations.
Identifying the least of these
means we have to get beyond
the faces we see
elicit the stories
behind the facades,
strike up conversations
and build relationships
with the least of these
in our communities.
And then we can set to work:
Feeding the hungry
Quenching thirst
Welcome the stranger
Clothe the naked
Visit the sick
Free the prisoner
Serve God in the least of these.

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