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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Matthew 25: 31-46


It is dusk and Jesus is standing on the Mt. of Olives, talking with his disciples. He is at the end of a long gathering there, looking out across a city that will be the place of his death. He is surrounded by gloom, yet he sees the light ahead. He wants the will of God to be done and wants his people to know what it will take to enter the kingdom of heaven.

He sets up a series of alternatives – for example the separation of sheep and goats: “Sheep to the right, goats to the left.” True believers separated from those who only profess to believe. We find the familiar and comforting acts of true righteousness: for those who hunger, there will be food — and after that: thirst/drink; stranger/welcome; naked/clothing; sick/care; prison/visit. Keep in mind good deeds don’t count if they are done out of personal satisfaction!

So much to consider up there on that darkening mount. The passage exits with the final plus and minus: “Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” “Just as you did not do it to the least of these, you did not do it to me.”

Are we all a little up on the mountain? In this week of Thanksgiving, we know we have so much to be grateful for and yet we can’t help being afraid and uncertain.

Rev. Marjorie MacNeill’s message will be found in your Sunday morning inbox along with a link to music by Lisa Raatikainen. Also included is Zoom information for 4 pm CCP Joys and Concerns and Communion. Tom Jones is the musician.

Debbie Ingram joins us during ZOOM to tell us about VIA’s racial justice initiatives justice.

Sara Barsotti leads dedication of 2021 Pledges.