Our Sunday School join us in the morning worship service Sunday for their end-of-year celebration. Without giving anything away, I can tell you that they follow the theme of “Invitation“.
That’s also a theme in Sunday’s Gospel lesson (Mt. 25:31-46). The sheep receive this wonderful invitation: “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world” (Mt 25:34).
Jesus is reciprocating the invitation they’d given him when he had been hungry, or alienated, or sick, or imprisoned. But they are baffled. They can’t remember ever having hosted Jesus. Jesus replies: “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Mt 25:40).
It appears God has written a wonderful law into creation: When compassion moves us to offer welcome to one who suffers we have, in fact, responded to an invitation to be with “Immanuel”, the God who is with us.
May the Spirit so bless us this Christmas that we miss none of these glorious invitations!