"Then I, the King, shall say to those at my right hand,
'Come, blessed of my Father,
into the Kingdom prepared for you from the founding of the world,
For I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me water;
I was a stranger and you invited me into your homes,
naked and you clothes me,
sick and in prison, and you visited me'.
Then these righteous ones will reply,
'Sir, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you?
Or thirsty and give you anything to drink?
Or a stranger, and help you?
Or naked and clothe you?
When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?'
And I, the King will tell them,
'When you did it to these my brothers you were doing it to me!'"
~ Matthew 25:34 - 40 LAB
Bible Commentary: "This parable describes acts of mercy we all can do every day. These acts are not dependent on wealth, ability, or intelligence; they are simple acts freely given and freely received. We have no excuse to neglect those who have deep needs, and we cannot hand over responsibility to the church or government. Jesus demands personal involvement in caring for others' needs."