“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
– Matthew 25:40
Jesus gives us instruction in today’s Gospel reading of our attitude toward our neighbor and how we are to serve them:
First, serve Jesus in the simple, basic needs: food, drink, welcoming, clothing, care for the sick, and visit the imprisoned. No grand schemes or flashy designs are required; the simple way is the best way.
Second, serve Jesus with a non-calculating attitude. This is a quality of a disciple; when we see the needs of another and move to help them, without our minds thinking of what we will gain from it. We too must have the attitude of the faithful servant when thanked by the Lord cannot recall anything special he has done, for it was done freely out of love. “Lord, when did I help you?”
In contrast, the unfaithful might say, “Lord, if I knew it was you I would have gladly helped.”
The secret is, to do for others, as though all are Christ. Love all as though all are Christ.
Let us ask the Lord to open our hearts to act in compassion and love for others without cost. We never know, perhaps the one we are helping is Christ in disguise.`
May God bless you!