Matthew 25:31-45 When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put 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; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ They will also answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you? He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
I realize the above passage is longer than I normally post. There is a reason for it. I couldn’t decide where to cut from this passage because the entire thing is so important for the meaning of this parable. It may seem repetitive but it was this repetition that caught my attention during my reading today. As I reflected on this passage, I was overcome with the realization that I do not show the love of Jesus to those that I meet. Not by a long shot. Sure, every once in a while I will do something nice for someone in need, and then I will promptly pat myself on the back for being such a good little christian. Gross.
Now is the time to make a change. This world, this country specifically, is filled with hate and anger towards our fellow man. We are divided more than ever before, thanks to instant information, news articles that more closely resemble letters to the editor than factual news articles, and social media rants about our opinion du jour. While we hide behind our screens, whether in our hand or in our lap, we can say things we would never say to someone’s face. We receive misinformation, half truths, photo-shopped pictures, and outright lies through these screens and accept most of it as our truth. We do the occasional research on a post before we share it, but if we are honest, we don’t do that enough.
So my question tonight for you, and for myself, is: Are you a sheep or are you a goat? Do you show love and compassion for the people you encounter? Or are those human beings just faceless, nameless beings that surround your little bubble of comfort which you have created for yourself? If I answer honestly, I resemble the latter more than I care to admit.
Day 38 started out amazing because I found a coffee I can drink and I can make it at home! It is a variation of bulletproof coffee. I used regular brewed coffee, coconut oil, coconut cream (unsweetened), almond milk (unsweetened), and cinnamon. I put it in my bullet blender and it came out creamy and frothy and so good! It didn’t need any kind of sweetener, either. I’m not sure if that is because I haven’t had sugar in 38 days, or because it was so creamy. Either way it is a win for me! Now I just have to limit myself to one a day because I could drink it all day long. It isn’t exactly low fat, as I’m sure you can tell.
I also went out to eat today. My friend and I met at Burger Monger. I’m sure you are thinking, “a burger joint?”, but before you give me the hard judge, let me tell you I had the veggie burger in a lettuce wrap. I even emailed customer service to ensure I knew the ingredients in the veggie burger before I went. I received a very quick response (way to go, Burger Monger customer service.. two thumbs up) and saw there was no soy and no sugar in the burger. When I arrived at the restaurant, I found out there was a bit of bread crumbs in the burger so it was not gluten free, and it is cooked in a vegetable oil that may contain soybean oil. I was slightly disappointed but I figured it would still be okay, mostly because I was so hungry I lost my resolve. When it arrived I was not disappointed! It was delicious. It filled me up for the rest of the day, and I wasn’t hungry for dinner. I ate a snack of Celery with my favorite Peanut Butter (more like obsession). I could eat this stuff every day, but I have to limit myself or my fat intake will be through the roof. The product is Earth Balance coconut and peanut butter spread. It contains agave, which is another reason I limit my consumption, but it is worth it! I highly recommend it for anyone out there who enjoys peanut butter and also coconut.
Okay, I have written enough tonight… if you made it this far I will now wish you good night. Day 38 ready for shut eye.