When Did I? An Inventory for Christians:
On this Feast of Christ the King we hear the familiar teaching from the Gospel of Matthew about when the Son of Man comes in his glory, he will sit on His throne and begin the task of separating the people; some to His left, others to His right. Then to those at His right hand He will say, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world . . .” So where will I find myself? How have I shown my love for God through my actions with others?
When did I give food to the hungry?
When I fed my family – When I shared our groceries with the Food Shelf – When I fed our son’s team before the big game – When I handed the stranger at the stoplight ten dollars – When I voted for fare labor laws and farm bills – When I shared in a potluck at church –WhenIbakedcookiesforGrandmaandtheelderlygentlemanwho lives next door – When our family helped to serve a meal to the homeless - When I invited another to join the Catholic Church so as to fill their hunger for Jesus.
When did I give drink to the thirsty?
When I supported efforts to build wells in Africa – When I taught my children to conserve water – When I contributed time and effort in cleaning up our waterways – When I gave time on a Saturday morning to provide water for those running a marathon – When I responsibly discarded hazardous materials so as not to contaminate a water supply – When I took a glass of water to a sick child in the middle of the night.
When did I welcome the stranger?
When I introduced our family to the new neighbors – When I attended a presentation on immigration reform – When I, with my family greeted parishioners gathering for Mass – When I took part with my parish in caring for the homeless – When I opened the door for a person with their hands full at the local mall – When I wrote an editorial in support of assisting refugees – When I taught my children not to judge others by their outward appearance – When I prayed for all those who are struggling to find meaningful work – When I trained to become a volunteer fireman.
When did I care for the ill?
When I rocked my sick child in the middle of night – When I assisted others in getting to their doctor – When I brought food to the widow who recently had surgery – When I work daily so as to provide health insurance for my family – When I cleaned the bathroom floor and washed soiled laundry for a houseful of family with the flu – When I strive for excellence in my vocation within the medical field – When I volunteer to assist with eye and hearing checks at the local school – When I vote against policies that do not assist the elderly–WhenI cared for myself with medical checkups and time to renew physically, emotionally and spiritually.
When did I visit the imprisoned?
When I offered to take Communion to the homebound – When I spent time weekly with an aging parent – When I built a wheelchair ramp for my neighbor – When I offered to drive a person with disabilities to the grocery store – When I became part of the jail ministry team – When I played cards with a friend who can no longer walk – When I supported humane treatment of all prisoners, no matter their wrongdoing – When I prayed for a family who is imprisoned with grief at the loss of a loved one – When I volunteered to raise funds for medical equipment for paraplegics.
“And the King shall say, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for the least brothers of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25.40