Jesus Responds to the Syrian Refugee Crisis

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(Based on and adapted from Matthew 25:34-45, The Message)

Then Jesus will say to those on the left, “Enter, you who are blessed by God. Receive what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why:

I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was hungry, thirsty, homeless and shivering
because I was a refugee and you welcomed me.”

Then those seeking to follow are going to say, “Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?” Then Jesus will say, “I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’

Then he will turn to the the ones on the right, and say, “Get out, self-centered souls! You’re good for nothing but making God’s creation a living Hell. And why? Because—

I was hungry and you didn’t fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink,
I was homeless and you wouldn’t give me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me no clothes,
I was hungry, thirsty, homeless and shivering
because I was a refugee and you would not welcomed me.”

Then those on the right are going to say, “Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or homeless or shivering or sick and didn’t help?”

He will answer them, “I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me—you failed to do it to me.”

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