The Parable of the Sheep and Goats Matthew 25.31- 46
“…. you did it to me”
This parable is about how our faith in Jesus and our worship ought to penetrate and be interwoven with the ordinary everyday things of our lives. Religion isn’t something just for certain times of the week but it infiltrates every moment of every day.
Here is a story of which there are a number of versions. Conrad, the old cobbler, dreamed one night that God would come to be his guest. He was up as the sun was rising and set about decorating his little shop with bright flowers and greenery. He set the table with milk and honey and bread, and waited.
While he was waiting, a beggar walked down the street came barefoot in the driving rain. Conrad called him in and gave him a pair of shoes. An old woman came bent from the weight of a heavy burden. He lifted the load off her back and shared his food with her. And finally, just before the day was about to fade away into darkness, a little child came. Her eyes were wet with tears. Conrad gave her a glass of milk, and led her back to her mother. But the divine guest never came. Conrad was disappointed. Then soft in the silence a voice he heard
“Lift up your heart, for I have kept my word.
Three times I came to your friendly door;
Three times my shadow was on your floor.
I was the beggar with the bruised feet;
I was the woman you invited to eat;
I was the child on the homeless street!”
This is what Jesus meant when he said, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of those who are members of my family, you did it to me”.