Scripture: Matt 25: 31-46
Key verse: (40) 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.’
Reflection: Addictions come in many forms. As Christians, we have an addiction to doing and being good. We give awards for it and work hard to find places where our children can do good acts. Sometimes we don’t even ask if the recipients needed the help or the “good” we were offering. We make assumptions that we have something to offer so we can do some more good. That is an addiction. We are not Jesus. The poor are not Jesus.
Nadia Bolz-Weber said that we, “get to experience Jesus in the holy place where we meet others’ needs and have our own needs met. We are all the needy and the ones who meet needs.” Jesus is present when needs are met, not just in doing good. This is the Kingdom of God and we are the body of Christ. We have to take our walls down and admit that we need Jesus. Our needs might be met by those seen as the “least” in our world. In having our needs met, we see Christ.
Prayer: God, stretch our hearts so that we can give AND receive love. In your son’s name we pray. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].