February 15, 2016
Jesus told a parable about the final judgment . . .
Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’
Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’
And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Mt_25:31-46
We call these the corporal works of mercy. If we truly love our brothers and sisters (all of them), then these are the things we should be doing every day of our lives. When was the last time we gave a heart-felt thank you to the grocery clerk? When was the last time we offered food to the homeless on our street corners? When was the last time we stood up for the imprisoned on death row, or the baby about to be aborted? Maybe even greeted a coworker with a blessing? Little things, beloved, that all help build God’s kingdom and done for our Lord, Jesus Christ! It may not seem like it now, but God is counting each of them and God is counting on us!
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