Be a Part of a Team
Have you ever played the human knot game? Everyone stands in a circle, grabs a hand of someone different in the middle until everyone is connected in a knot. Then, you commence trying to untangle the knot, weaving between people, jumping through parts of the knot, under and over hands. It's chaotic, but in the end, as you work in a team, you should be standing back in a circle. It takes team work, communication and a lot of trial and error to see what works best. The same can be said with living a life of faith. We need to be patient, not giving up at the first sign of trouble. We need to do trial and error, to see what types of prayer and evangelical movement works best for us. We need to be a part of a community, depending on and being an aid for others, not staying in iscolation. Each of these things will help us untangle our lives of sin and hurt, that can feel overwhelming at times. Are you living in a knot right now?
Today's Gospel states:'"When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the King will say to those at his right hand, `Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' Then the righteous will answer him, `Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?' And the King will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.' Then he will say to those at his left hand, `Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' Then they also will answer, `Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to thee?' Then he will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.' And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life"' (Matthew 25:31-46).
Today's reading talks about when what we do to someone else we do to Jesus, as we are all connected as a part of one body in Christ. They are talking about how everyone who is baptized in faith is a part of God's family, not just in your town, but world-wide, all who have or ever will live. It's a fascinating thing to think about. We then need to be sure that we are being kind and treating everyone like family. Are there some areas in your life right now that feel disjointed, broken relationships and hurt being more overpowering than love? Take some time to pray and ask God to help you untangle the knots and love everyone in your life as a part of one family.
Today we pray:
Thank You for helping me to know Your will in my life, to feel Your love. Help me to show this same love for everyone, and to repair the relationships that feel tangled in knots.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.