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The Least of these...

Matthew 25:40
"Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me."

Throughout his life Jesus taught us the importance of loving one another. In the Gospels the Pharisees and other religious leaders criticize Jesus because he fails to keep the traditions. Instead, he shows us that what is lawful and good in the sight of God is our love for one another.

Jesus emphasized this in the well-known story of the ‘Good Samaritan’ when he asked, "Who is our neighbor?"

Our neighbor’s identity is not based upon location, race, religion, or wealth; our neighbor is anyone needing help. It is the prisoner who has no friend, the poor person who can’t afford the essentials of life, the lonely heart who needs our attention and love.

Jesus calls the Golden Rule the second greatest commandment. Imagine that! Of everything that God has instructed us, to "Love your neighbor as yourself" is surpassed only by loving the Lord our God. It is that love, the love of God, that we have to offer to the "the least of these." It is God’s love that allow us to respond to our neighbor’s needs. By loving each other, not only are we following Christ’s command, but we display the image of the very God we are created in.

Creator, remind us that we are made in your image, and as we do unto others, so we do unto you. Amen. Matthew 25:37-40, Genesis 9:6, Mark 12:31, Luke 10:29:37