Matthew 25: 31-46

The Sheep and the Goats

“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 also will 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.’
“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

I know this may freak some people out (the passage and also the following video), but I find it (both) to be incredibly inspiring and beautiful. Something that makes me thing that maybe, just maybe, the world isn’t completely devoid of compassion.

In fact, this video makes me feel like I can raise my child in a world where so many horrible things happen. In a world where sometimes I avoid being “in the know” simply because it hurts so much to know. This gives me confidence that there are other people out there who care as much as I do (or try to anyway) and are willing to go above and beyond themselves to help another person in need.

And as a mother…
Well.
I cannot imagine what the Mother in the video thought, was thinking, felt. To not be able to give your child something so simple, so basic as nourishment (of any kind)…it must break your heart over and over in ways that cannot be described. I can’t imagine the bittersweet thankfulness of knowing for that night her child would be full.

Thinking about these things actually makes me feel a little bit ashamed. What have I done to ease the hurting needs of humanity? What have I tried? What have I failed at? There’s always room for improvement, for growth in that area, even when it stings.

But I think this is a gift that God has given me. Something that has been pressed upon my heart, that has helped to shape and form me over the years and I would not trade it. Why would I? Sure, it would be easier to leave a life less burdened by the plight of others, but what would that say about me as a person? As a mother? As a Christian?

I’m not saying she’s some sort of saint, I’m not saying she’s a better Christian than others, she has been blessed with money and opportunity that I and many others have not. But the thing to take away from her is not that she’s lucky or better, it’s that we can do something with what God gives us. She has money and fame to bring awareness to causes that we may not, but by doing something as simple as breastfeeding a child–feeding a child–that’s something that we can all do in one way or another.

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