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Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?

 Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?

Hi Church Family,

This Sunday marks the end of the ‘church year’.  It is ‘Christ the King Sunday’ and on this Sunday we traditionally read one of the judgment passages from the gospels.  This Sunday’s passage is from Matthew 25:

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 

34 “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. 35 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, 36 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.’ 

The righteous respond: “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?”

It turns out that the righteous just went about doing the right thing without noticing it.  They did what is right because their hearts had been shaped by God’s love, not by rules and regulations.  They simply produced the fruit of the Holy Spirit.  Of knowing Jesus and living in relationship with him.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23)

They didn’t feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty and invite the stranger in because they were trying to show that they were ‘righteous’.  They didn’t do it to prove something.  They did it because they were good.

They did it because they saw the pain of the world and had no choice but to do something about it.

The Psalmist teaches us to pray:

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; 

test me and know my anxious thoughts. 

24 See if there is any offensive way in me, 

and lead me in the way everlasting.
- Psalm 139:23-24

Matthew 25:31-46 is the uncomfortable answer to that prayer.  The passage searches us and challenges us.  How have we responded to the pain of the world?

I spotted this cartoon on Facebook:

The lady needs two glasses of wine to watch the news.  

I guess there are two ways to watch the news or look at the world.  With two glasses of wine that prevent us from seeing clearly.  Numbing the pain.  Avoiding the problems.

Or we could put on some proper glasses and watch with prayer.  Asking God to help us see where we fit in.  How are we a part of the problem?  How are we a part of the change?

We are inclined to respond by saying that we need to do this or that.  But it seems that the righteous in the parable were so unaware of what they were doing that they are consumed by a new way of ‘being’.  To learn that way of ‘being’ we need to have a close look at our hearts, our relationship with Jesus and think - how can I grow closer to you O God?

I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday at 845 in the parking lot.  On line.  In your car…  

You will find the service on FaceBook Live - 

God bless,

Rev Angus Kelly