Jul 152020

“. . . when was it that we saw you . . .?” (Matthew 25:37, 38, 39, 44)

In the Parable of the Sheep and Goats, deeds of compassion and justice are what distinguish the sheep from the goats, the righteous from the less than upright. Feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, taking care of the sick, and visiting the imprisoned – these are the marks of the righteous life of the sheep and the lack of these acts marks the life of the goats. Yet both groups ask the same question: “when was it we saw you . . . ?” Neither group saw the face of Christ in the hungry or thirsty or naked or sick or imprisoned, so what is it that compelled the sheep to act with compassion and justice? I contend that when those so-called sheep look at the individual standing before them, they see a person, a human, a child of God. That is why we serve as well; it is our common humanity that compels us to serve around us with compassion and justice.                         – rc

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