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.”
Sometimes it’s hard for me to see things that are right in front of me. I open the fridge looking for the ketchup, and no matter how hard I look, I can’t seem to find it. I finally resort to my all-knowing wife, who walks over, reaches in, moves over the pickle jar, and suddenly—there is the ketchup.
In today’s reading, Jesus shares what our role in the kingdom of God may look like as we expect the coming of Jesus. Jesus talks about how the kingdom of God isn’t about knowing the exact timing of Jesus’s coming but about the way we live in our time on earth. In the passage that our verse is in, Jesus describes how the sheep will rejoice with the Father and the goats will wonder why they are left out because they don’t recall ever seeing or ignoring Jesus.
It turns out that a lot of times we don’t look for Jesus in the right places. We learn that Jesus can be found in some places where we wouldn’t expect to find him—especially as we encounter the “least of these.” We ultimately are con- fronted with a question for ourselves: how are we serving the least of these?
If we are bold enough to look beyond what we see at first glance and really dig deep, we may find Jesus in some unexpected places.
Lord, help us encounter your love today, for we cannot show love to others unless we first receive your love. Help us, we pray, to have eyes to see and ears to hear the least of these in our communities.
Prayer Journal Reflections
Reflect on blessing our communities in the church in Canada and the United States.
Connections Pastor, The Naz Church