Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Sunday, July 12, 2015
“I was hungry and you gave me food;/ I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink./Come, you that are blessed by My Father,/inherit the kingdom prepared for you.”  These verses from Matthew 25 always hit me in the gut, whenever I read them. I can hear Jesus speaking them, to me. A personal message to me, every time.
It isn’t as if He is saying these verses to me in a mean way. No. Certainly not. But He does say them to me in all seriousness. With compassion and love for me, as well as for the dear ones I may assist as I distribute food, drink, or other forms of hospitality. Or, for those I pray for, as I go about my prayer time.
As I read this chapter of the book Praying the New Testament as Psalms, the modern verses of this psalm on hospitality give me different insights into what the biblical writers mean. Not only what Jesus had to say in Matthew, but also in other places in the Gospels, as well as the Epistles. Quite a multi-colored picture, so to speak.
I have been thinking about hospitality and charity for the past two weeks. Last Sunday, I preached about the first deacons from Acts 6. And today, I continued part two of the narrative, with Stephen the deacon. (Towards the end of my sermon I briefly spoke of the stoning of Stephen, but that’s not what I wanted to talk about here, today.)
This chapter from Acts is a wonderful example for all of us. Not only can we see the example of hospitality that the first deacons give us, but we can seriously take to heart the words of Matthew 25. “I was hungry and you gave me food;/ I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.”
May I follow the words of Matthew 25, God willing. Perhaps you can, too.
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 Praying the New Testament as Psalms, Desmond O’Donnell, OMI, and Maureen Mohen, RSM, (United States of America: ACTA Publications, 2002.), 104.