As you hear this powerful, disturbing reading today,
what words in it jump off the page for you?
or idea lingers in your mind now?
sharing your response to the question with others!
THEME: Jesus’ kingdom is a kingdom of actions and
not merely of words.
Gospel : Matthew 25:31-36
Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Son of Man
comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he
will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations
will be assembled before him. And he will separate
them one from another, as a shepherd separates the
sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his
right and the goats on his left. Then the king will say
to those on his right, ‘Come, you who 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 drink, a
stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you
clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and
you visited me.’
Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord,
when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty
and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger
and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When
did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the
king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you,
whatever you did for one of the least brothers of
mine, you did for me.’
Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me,
you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the
devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave
me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and
you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you
did not care for me.’
Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we
see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill
or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’ He will
answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not
do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’
And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the
righteous to eternal life.”
Question for Children: Who are the people most in need of help who live around you, and how can you help them?
Question for Youth: What can you do (alone, with friends, or with your family) to help those who are without food, shelter, or have other needs? When have you seen Jesus in the poor?
Question for Adults: As you grapple with this very strong, direct and demanding Gospel passage, name the people for whom you have cared personally – or if there are none, those for whom you will offer care in the coming weeks.