Read: Matthew 25:31-46
Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these . . . you did it to me. (v. 39)
For many years, I lived in a community that sought to live in supportive friendship with folks of all abilities. We celebrated and offered belonging and friendship to people who are often forgotten. While I thought I would be helping people, I didn’t realize how much I would learn. My friends in the community, especially my friends diagnosed with disabilities, daily showed me the face of God.
The gospel tells us that care for the forgotten is the same as caring for God. But Jesus goes further. He says there’s something particular about caring for the “least of these,” those with little power or little voice in our world. Jesus says this is equivalent to caring directly for him. This is a direct contrast to Cain’s rhetorical question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” In Matthew 25, Jesus implies that we are, in fact, responsible for caring for one another out of love for him. Not only that, but by getting to know “the least of these,” we know him better. Our invitation is to learn to see Jesus in the ones who are often disregarded, to respond to their needs out of love, and to recognize our own need as well.
We are our brother’s keeper. This recognition allows us to receive Jesus’ love from one another and work toward restoring our broken relationships. —Amy Curran
As you pray, ask the Spirit to help you love and receive love from the “least of these.”