Greetings dear friends!
The Gospel text for this week is from Matthew 25:31-46.
I think it's quite fitting that we encounter this text on this Thanksgiving week. Jesus reminds us that how we treat and care for the stranger, those whom we have nothing to gain from, is how we treat God.
I don't know about you, but this Thanksgiving feels different. It feels as if we're all paying more attention to what the core of this holiday really is, giving thanks. Over the past 8 months, we've come to remember what is actually important in our lives; the health and safety of ourselves and our loved ones, a roof over our head and food on our table. We've come to remember what things in our lives can take a back burner; having the perfect house, car, vacation, clothes, friends, grades and job. It's reminded us that maybe we don't need so much stuff after all. Maybe, if I have extra, it's my calling to share it with those whose lives have been more affected by this pandemic than my own.
This week, as you encounter loved ones and the stranger, I encourage you to remember this verse from the Gospel this week;
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.
I pray you all have a healthy and safe Thanksgiving. I am so grateful for each and every one of you.
Sending my love to you all.