Reflection on “the least of these”

Melissa Engle/MCC

Fred Redekop is pastor of Floradale Mennonite Church in Ontario and recently spent several weeks in the MCC Washington Office during his sabbatical.

He has a fresh take on a familiar text, Matthew 25:31-46:

In the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 25, is the story of parable of the sheep and goats…This text has been important in the Mennonite/Anabaptist tradition in defining our theology of service to those who are poor, sick, hungry and in prison.

But let us look another possible interpretation of this passage…Maybe the parable of the sheep and goats is a call to be ministered to, and not a call to minister to the least of these. Maybe it is to remember we are the least of these…

Read the entire reflection.

 

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