In this season after Epiphany we have been looking at the many places that God is revealed in our lives. This Sunday we will read from Matthew 25:31-46 what I find to be one of the most personally challenging of all of Jesus’ parables. Sometimes it is called “the parable of the Great Judgement” but most often just “the parable of the sheep and goats.” The scene is of a great King administering judgment based upon how people treated him, but there is a surprise twist. Neither the sheep nor the goats remember seeing him, much less giving or failing to give him a helping hand. “When did we see you, Lord?” is their plaintive cry and question. “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to the least of these brothers and sisters, you did it to me!” is the king’s answer. This is the challenge for us: to see Christ in other people, especially those who are hurting and are in need. May God grant us eyes that see, hearts that feel, and hands that reach out.
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