If ever there was a verse that makes me feel like I'm not going to make it into Heaven, this is it:
"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, 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."
I'm way into the idea of helping those less fortunate than me, but do I actually do any of these things that Jesus points out on any kind of regular basis? No, not really.
I constantly think about the need for planning to help those...oh, hold on...my three-year-old is asking for a quick snack...I'll be right back.
As I was saying, I would love to start going to food banks to help out so that I can actually live out the call of Jesus and...um, this is really embarrassing, but now my three-year-old needs some water...just give me one second.
Okay, I'm back...where was I?
Man, this writing thing is hard...
Okay, here we go...oh, no, sorry again. The baby just crawled in the room completely naked, and we've got brand new carpet...hang on one quick second.
So, in closing, I would like to say that if we really want to follow the words of Jesus from this passage, we need to actively schedule time to get out into our communities to help people who...ahhh! Ugh! My five-year-old just walked in and wiped his nose on the bed! Can you even believe these kids? If you'll excuse me, I need to grab him a tissue and wipe his nose for him.
Wait a minute! That's it!!
All these years, I've heard "children are the supreme gift of marriage," and I've never really understood it until now!
Our children come into our lives and help us live out the calling of Jesus in Matthew 25:35!
We feed them when they're hungry, give them drink when they're thirsty, clothe them when they're naked, welcome them into the world when they are "strangers," care for them when they're ill, and...
Well, let's just hope this post doesn't get updated in ten years to tell the story of me visiting one of my angels in the slammer.
But if it does, right after I bail him out, I'll have to thank him for helping me to grow in holiness.
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About the Author
Tommy is a Catholic husband, father of four boys, and the author of The Catholic Hipster Handbook (available now!).