Our St Chrysostom’s 31 day Bible guide continues. Here is today’s Bible verse, followed by a question, then we see the Bible passage the verse comes from and offer further thought or prayer.
Today’s Bible verse
Jesus said “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…” Matthew 25.35
How can we be more open to seeing God in the margins of society?
This verse, is from a well know parable of Jesus found in St Matthew’s Gospel (Matthew 25:31-40)
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that 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 something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
Note how the Lord identifies with those who are sick, in prison etc. In these people we find Christ. This gives a strong challenge for us to care, unconditionally, for the disadvantaged and the marginalised. Today, ask yourself who particularly are marginalised around us today? Pray for them and for yourself.
Pray leads to action, think of a way you could engage with a person or people on the margins, either directly or through, say, a charity working with the homeless, imprisoned etc.