Day 77 – March 23rd, 2013 – Matthew 25:31-46

A few days ago our passage was Jesus telling about all the signs of his return. The overarching point of this passage is “be ready” because you never know when he will come back. Here we are, a mere 3 days later on our journey but only two chapters later as well and Jesus says, “just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” I do not think it is a coincidence that talk of Jesus’ return and the ever presence of the “east of these” are this close. Is it possible that we should be ready because Jesus is here. Is it possible that we should not have our heads turned toward to the sky looking for a king on a white horse, but turned towards the ground where those without a home sleep; and turned towards the orphanage in Haiti where the weakest among us starve for contact; and turned towards the nursing home bed where our wisest breathe their last; and turned towards the psych-wards where some of our most brilliant try to find their place in this world. Jesus shows up every day, all around us. He has returned. His Kingdom is at hand. It expands whenever the overlooked are seen, cared for and loved. Let us be Kingdom expanders. Let us turn our gaze away from the clouds and towards the very world in which we live. As I said three days ago, “Friends, Jesus has come back- we just gotta open our ears and eyes a little wider”.

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