Jesus said to his disciples:
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory,
and all the angels with him,
he will sit upon his glorious throne,
and all the nations will be assembled before him.
And he will separate them one from another,
as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
Then the king will say to those on his right,
‘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,
I was 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.’
Then the righteous will answer him and say,
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
or thirsty and give you drink?
When did we see you a stranger and welcome you,
or naked and clothe you?
When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’
And the king will say to them in reply,
‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did
for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.‘
Then he will say to those on his left,
‘Depart from me, you accursed,
into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
For I was hungry and you gave me no food,
I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
a stranger and you gave me no welcome,
naked and you gave me no clothing,
ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’
Then they will answer and say,
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty
or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison,
and not minister to your needs?’
He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you,
what you did not do for one of these least ones,
you did not do for me.’
And these will go off to eternal punishment,
but the righteous to eternal life.”
The dictionary defines the adjective “kind” as being generous, helpful, and caring. Isn’t that what the second greatest commandment’s “love your neighbor as yourself” means?
When was the last time you were kind — generous, helpful and caring — to someone in need? And when was the last time someone was kind — generous, helpful and caring — to you?
And who — in our welfare state where “charity” and “kindness” are enforced by government through confiscatory taxation — are “the least among us”? (For me, homeless and suffering animals are among “the least”.)
Here are some kindness quotes:
“Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.” ~Anonymous
“Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you — not because they are nice, but because you are.” ~Anonymous
“Don’t be yourself — be someone a little nicer.” ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966
“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” ~Henry James
And may the peace and love and kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!
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