You Did It To Me

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who 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 drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, … Matthew 25:31-46

The rest of the story, of course, is that the Son of Man dismisses those on his left because they did none of these things:  feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, and welcome the stranger.  He says to them that because they did not do these things to the very least–they also did not do it to him.  He does not know them.

The meaning of a faith filled life, the meaning of the spiritual path, the meaning of salvation is really this:  how do we treat people, especially those in need?  If you insist that the United States is a nation founded on Judeo-Christian teachings, how is it that this one has been so severely ripped from our social and political fabric?

Bob Patrick

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