Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
OUR MISSION TO THE LAST, LEAST AND
THE LOST MATHEW 25:31-40
Vs. 40 “In as much as ye have done it unto
one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
It is always amazing about
the fact that Jesus, son of God and the great teacher, identified with
those who are considered the least. This is so radically different from
the world standard. The world see people as resources, as whether
you can benefit me or not. The world gathers around those who are great
and neglects the marginalized. But Jesus who is truly the most
influential and greatest personality that ever walked on the earth
identified with the last, least and lost.
It is not just people
who commit outwardly sins like murder and adultery, who are cursed in to
the eternal fire. The people here are guilty for what they did not do.
This really causes us to check the reality within our own heart.
The needy in our
life might be a friend who is sick, people with burdened or
heavy-hearted or any type of need. Each time we pretend not to see
or hear or we do not respond to their needs or assume someone else will
take care of it, is a failure from our part to identify with Jesus
and grieves the heart of God who wants to use us to be the agent of His
love and source of blessing. The natural attitude towards sins of
omission is much like the response of the cursed, “Lord, when did
we see you hungry”. It is so easy not even know or recognize it.
Jesus never ceased to
work, reach out and touch the people in his three years of ministry.
He was without a doubt busy. So there is no time to relax.
The reality is that there are so many who are needy and broken. The
passage reminds us that there is much work to be done. Let us be faithful
to each person that God brings in to our life. It also reminds us that
there is no time to love. We must constantly fight against the passivity,
laziness and self-centeredness within.
This is one of the
most vivid parable and the lesson is crystal clear that God will judge us
in accordance with our reaction to human need. His judgement does not
depend on the knowledge we have amassed , or the fame we have acquired ,
or the fortune that we have gained, but on the help that we have given.
Loving God, help
us to say ‘yes’ to the human challenges, make us the people who heal each
other, who grow strong together, moving towards a common dream for a new
heaven and new earth in the power of your love. Amen
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
When we serve
others, we serve God.
Thomas, St. Thomas English Medium School, Surat.