18 February 2013

The Good Word -- 2.18.13

He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you,

what you did not do for one of these least ones,
you did not do for me.’
And these will go off to eternal punishment,
but the righteous to eternal life.

Matthew 25:45-46

It is easy to make the ubiquitous scene of the sheep and the goats an entirely too large tableau.  It is tempting to make this reading entirely about the poor, to chalk up our charity (or resolve to make charity a priority) for the poor we meet on the streets as fulfilling this Gospel's request and then move on.  

However, I think that what Jesus may be getting at is a much starker challenge.

What if the poor ones to whom we are supposed to shelter, feed, clothe and visit are actually those in our immediate proximity, those who do not possess the shelter of friends, the nourishment of conversation, the clothing of status and the relationships of their fellow humans?

If this is the case, I have an awful lot of work to do.  Don't we all?

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