Mary Anna (23 July 2011)
"When the Son of Man Comes in His Glory....."
Jesus uses a striking image to make a point:
"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with
him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will
be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a
shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep
at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to
those at his right hand, 'Come, you that are blessed by my Father,
inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world,
for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me
something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked
and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in
prison and you visited me.'
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? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or
naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick
or in prison and visited you?'
And the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one
of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did it to me.'
Then he will say to those at his left hand, 'You that are accursed,
depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his
angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you
gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me,
naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did
not visit me.'
Then they also will answer, 'Lord, when was it that we saw you
hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did
not take care of you?' Then he will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just
as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to
me.' And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous
into eternal life." (Matthew 25:31-46, NRSV)
This is a beautiful passage - but it is also very challenging. It doesn't
leave us with many excuses for not serving others, does it? What are your thoughts and reactions to this passage?
Peace and best wishes
Chaplain, Hampden-Sydney College