Focus Verse: Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.
Focus Hymn:Let us build a house where hands will reach beyond the wood and stone to heal and strengthen, serve and teach, and live the Word they’ve known. Here the outcast and the stranger bear the image of God’s face; let us bring an end to fear and danger. All are welcome! All are welcome! All are welcome in this place!
Human Need: We want to do good out of a desire to help others and ourselves.
Community Challenge: Jesus’ teaching tells us that the good will enter the kingdom and the bad will head to the eternal garbage dump. The criterion for this final decision will depend on how we have treated ‘the least of these.’
Personal Response: That we will recognize ourselves as being implicated in God’s judgment as both good and bad, and recognizing with fear the degree to which we’re rotten but not discarded.