In the parable of the sheep and the goats, Christ the Shepherd-King clearly and unequivocally identifies himself with the poor. “Whatever you do for the least, you do for me.” We cherish those words of Jesus and we so want to help the hungry and the thirsty, the lost, the naked, the sick, the imprisoned. Perhaps what we find so difficult about realizing that teaching of Jesus is our inability to get beyond our own poverty, our own disappointments, our own unrealized dreams. We would like to help yet it always seems to be a bad time, with the economy in the COVID dumper, the struggle to make mortgage and tuition payments, the not-knowing how long I will have my job. Still, our “greatness” as disciples of Jesus lies in our ability to reach beyond ourselves to bring God’s love into the lives of everyone, in our seeing in every human face the face of Jesus. That is holiness; that is discipleship. Christ the King calls us to embrace His mindset: to realize that among the many blessing we have from God is the gift to be able to share those blessings with others. In seeing beyond our own poverty and struggles to recognize Christ in the poverty and struggles of others, we establish Christ’s kingdom of justice and compassion in our own time and place.
In Christ’s Peace, Fr. Dave