Wednesday, August 29, 2007

lovely people

The plight of the poor and marginalized in our City has been affecting us greatly. How would Jesus have us respond? The following poem is a poignant reminder. May we respond with joy.
I was hungry,
You formed a humanities group to discuss my hunger

I was imprisoned,
You crept off quietly to your chapel and prayed for my release

I was naked,
And in your mind you debated the morality of my appearance

I was sick,
And you knelt and thanked God for your health

I was homeless,
And you preached to me of the spiritual shelter of the love of God

I was lonely,
And you left me alone to pray for me.

You seem so holy, so close to God
but I am still very hungry
and lonely
and cold.
(written by a homeless woman, featured in the book, 'Issues Facing Christians Today')

Her experience is quite a contrast to what Jesus says to us in Matthew 25:34-40

"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'

"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'

"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'