A new year has begun, and it seems that each new year, we make resolutions to be a better person as we look forward to the second coming of Christ. Some declare that they would be healthier by joining their local YMCA or other organization in order to keep fit. Some state that they are going to lose a few pounds by going on a diet and watching their intake of sweets. Still others vow that they will be more positive and less negative. In other words, we try to be much better than last year.
Matthew 25:31-40 – When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, "Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me." Then the righteous will answer him, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?" The King will reply, "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." (NIV 2011)
Mother Teresa is quoted as saying: "God is in every human being. When I wash the leper's wounds, I feel I am nursing the Lord himself. Is it not a beautiful experience?"
As we begin 2013, let us consider how we can serve Jesus best by seeing Christ in one another. Let us be kind to one another. Let us treat the stranger in the car behind us by paying for his coffee or tea. Let's tip that person who puts gas in the car. We can bring a treat to our regular professional people: the nurses in the hospital, the mail person, the garbage and recycling men or women, the receptionist at the doctor's office or dentist's office. Let us share our wealth and remember that we can't take it with us!
"At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by 'I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.' Hungry not only for bread — but hungry for love. Naked not only for clothing — but naked of human dignity and respect. Homeless not only for want of a home of bricks — but homeless because of rejection." (Mother Teresa)
Prayer: God, help us to see those who need our help and support. Help us to share our food with those who are hungry. Help us to share our precious fresh water with those who are thirsty. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world and see the face of Christ in everyone we meet. Amen.
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