I was naked and you clothed me; sick, and you visited me

Today’s Gospel presents us with a stunning image. At the end of time, Jesus the Son of Man will sit on his throne of glory, surrounded by the angels, and will judge all the nations of the earth. Everyone will recognise his majesty and authority. Today we celebrate the Lord Jesus as Christ the King.

The King’s commandments seem simple. Give food and clothes to those who need them, welcome the stranger, visit those who are sick or in prison. Small things that every Christian can do. But Jesus tells his disciples that those small acts of kindness are the most important things we can do in this life. And the people who don’t seem to matter in this world – the least of our brothers and sisters – are the most important in the eyes of God. We will be judged on the way we treat those who are poor, powerless and pushed to the edges.

Today’s Feast of Christ the King brings the Church’s year to its end. Next week the season of Advent begins and we prepare to welcome the Lord at Christmas. We are disciples of a King who was born in a stable, a Saviour who was nailed to the Cross. He offers us eternal life and he calls us to care for the least of our brothers and sisters.

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