To be with Jesus is to be with people who are poor; to know Jesus is to know people who are poor. If our reason for serving is to care for the “least of these,” then we are called to recognize Jesus in those we serve and to spend the time to build a relationship with them. Jesus is present among people who lack food, drink, and clothing and those who are strangers, sick, and imprisoned.
—Elizabeth Mae Magill, Five Loaves, Two Fish, Twelve Volunteers: Growing a Relational Food Ministry (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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“Then those who are righteous will reply to him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? When did we see you as a stranger and welcome you, or naked and give you clothes to wear? When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
“Then the king will reply to them, ‘I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.’”
—Matthew 25:37-40 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
God is great!
God is good!
Let us thank God for our food.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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