Monday 11 March 2019

About Today Readings

Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18. Psalm 18(19):8-10, 15. Matthew 25:31-46

Your words, Lord, are spirit and life – Psalm 18(19):8-10, 15. 

‘As you did it to the least of my brothers or sisters, you did it to me.’

Jesus’ description of Judgment Day is quite startling. It turns out that those who are judged to have acted rightly in this life didn’t even realise they were doing so. The righteous acted not out of a sense of reward but because they were responding to immediate need – to the sick and the hungry. They acted only with ‘the other’ in mind.

The second startling point is that Jesus says, ‘Whenever you did this, you were doing it to me.’ Jesus didn’t say that they were acting justly on his behalf or because the poor are like Jesus. Jesus said that they were him. Jesus is always stretching our understanding of justice and mercy and this parable stretches us to take a closer look at ourselves and our attitude to those most vulnerable and in immediate need.

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