Then the king will say to those at his right hand,
“Come, you that 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 something to drink,
I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
I was naked and you gave me clothing,
I was sick and you took care of me,
I was in prison and you visited me.”
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.”
– Matthew 25:34-40 (NRSV)
Here we can see the seriousness of sins of omission.
Failure to do something which one should do to help and care for others
means leaving Christ unattended…and unloved.
So many people around us are in need.
The Lord wants us to see Him in them
and to go and give of ourselves to them;
to show genuine Christian charity and love.
What we do to the poor, the destitute, the needy,
we do it to Jesus.
When we ignore them,
we are ignoring Jesus
who is present in the least of our brothers and sisters
– of our neighbours – who God commands us to love.
REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…
Lord, open the eyes of my heart, that I may always see you in others.
Make me indiscriminatingly merciful and generous and kind, that I may truly love You.