37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 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.’
This passage in Matthew is one of the best known and often quoted parts of the bible. It provides a clear instruction directly from Jesus to all his disciples, including all of us, to be about the business of caring for the hungry, thirsty, poor and oppressed of the world. It also provides a ray of hope for those who are in need, sick or oppressed that someone out there will care for them and provide aid in their time of need. Remarkably, it provides the same comfort to us that should bad things befall us, we can count on Jesus to bring others to our aid in His name.
This is the same spirit that has pervaded our congregation and resulted in the plan to form a food pantry ministry. It is the spirit that launched the Loaves and Fishes ministry at the Methodist church and brought us together with them to enhance the ability to care for the hungry and thirsty in our community. It is the same spirit that drives our annual coat drive to help clothe the needy and keep their kids warm all winter long. It is the same spirit that takes us to the Firemen’s Home every month to lead worship and provide comfort to those in need. That same spirit pervades all the loving activities of our congregation and helps supply hope to a needy and broken world. As we do unto the least of them, we do unto our Lord, our Savior and our King.
Lord Jesus, you have called us to minister to your world and to care for the needy, afflicted and oppressed. Send your Holy Spirit to dwell within us to make us good and loving disciples so that we can ‘Do unto the least of these,’ Amen.