November 22

Matthew 25:37-47

“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.’” vs 40

It’s amazing to see how people are drawn to those who are the rich and the powerful! When presidents and billionaires beckon even cardinals and preachers pay attention, and then vie with one another for a chance to break bread or have a conversation. Jesus is not impressed! In his last teaching word to his disciples he lays out the standards of God’s reign. The wealthy can take care of themselves–they don’t need our help. His followers are to search out the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the sick, the lonely, and those in prison and care for their needs. And then he makes a radical promise. As we do this, as we reach out to the least, we will encounter Jesus–and in so doing we will be blessed beyond measure. And people are taking him seriously! Millions of believers are giving generously of their time and money to help the hurting. It’s become a Christmas tradition for many! Instead of buying gifts for those who already have too much they’re giving to support hunger and relief programs all over the world. They’re feeding and housing the poor, lobbying on behalf of immigrants, visiting prisoners, solely because, in their faces, they’re seeing the face of their Lord.

Thought for the Day: Where have I seen the face of Jesus this week?

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