Children, Sunday marks the end of the liturgical year with the feast of Christ the King. In the Gospel, Matthew 25:31-46
Jesus tells us about the kind of person who will be welcome in his kingdom. People who fed Jesus when he was hungry, gave him a drink when he was thirsty, welcomed him when he was a stranger and lonely, gave him clothes when he didn’t have any. They visited Jesus when he was sick and in prison. Jesus was asked when it was that people treated him in that way. He told them; “When you did this to the least of my brothers or sisters, you did it to me”.
Jesus is saying, every time we help someone else, every time we treat someone kindly, welcome them or share with them, then we are doing this to Jesus. We are all God’s children, all brothers and sisters – members of one big global family. And Jesus is saying that he is in each one of us.
This week, let’s all try to remember that Jesus is in every person and, as our Mission Statement says, treat people as Jesus wants us to. St Swithun’s Parish is asking for items to help the homeless in Southsea – an opportunity for all of us to help people who are also God’s children. (Details below.)
Closing prayer: Christ Jesus, help us to see you in every one of our brothers and sisters and move us to reach out to those who are hungry, thirsty, lonely, sick or in prison. Amen