“I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me. Matthew 25:36 (The Message Bible)
In today’s scripture, Jesus had another teaching session with his disciples. He referred to people as sheep or goats—the sheep were the good guys and the goats, the bad guys. When he said the sheep that had fed, clothed, and housed him, the disciples didn’t understand, because they had never seen Jesus in a situation of being needy. He answered them, “Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.” (vs. 40)
Three strikes and you’re out—like in baseball. In reading today’s scripture, I am reminded that I haven’t opened my pantry often enough to share from my wealth of food (strike one) and that I have more coats in my closet that I can possible wear out in five years (strike two). But I do feel good about the spare bedroom in our home that has been occupied many times by teens and young adults who needed time to adjust to their current situation. No strike-out for now, but I can’t think that I’ve hit a home run, either. There will always be someone who needs a safe place to land.
Lord, I get it. Today I’m opening my pantry and filling a grocery bag for the food pantry and picking a coat to give to a shelter. Thank you for the reminder. Amen.