The King will reply, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did for me."
~ Matthew 25: 40
I was once asked what scripture from the Bible has impacted my life most. I responded, "Whatever you did for the one of the least of these, you did for me."
I have to admit, it probably has caused me less peace, and has made me feel guilty at stop lights when a woman stands holding a sign, letting everyone who passes know that she is hungry.
Over the last few days, there has been a lot of coverage concerning the World Series, but tucked between the wins and celebrations, there has also been a focus on a tent city that has sprung up under an overpass near a group of busy intersection in Houston. The "tent city" has become more than an eyesore for neighbors. Some claim that it is a "dangerous place."
The other part of the scripture from today also reminds those who "Saw and did nothing," that there will be consequences.
I'm unsure what the answer is to how to help in these situations. All I know is that for any of us, it could be, and often is, overwhelming.
The need in the world can be paralyzing. Storms, fires, earthquakes and other disasters leave us without words. We can become exhausted.
But then there are these words, "Whatever you do for the least of these..."
It is a reminder that no matter how small or great the effort, we become the living instrument of Christ in the world.
Jesus reminds us that the poor will be with us always. While God is everywhere at all times, it is up to us to be that incarnate presence to and for others. It is important that while we are going about our normal business, that there is always someone near who may be in need.
May we not be afraid to live our lives with our eyes open, and are hands ready to help someone.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.