"The Word of God is telling us very clearly that if you do not do it, you, in fact, do not believe it and have not heard it."
Fr. Richard Rohr, "Preparing for Christmas with Richard Rohr"
Fr. Rohr makes it really clear that we don't just believe in Jesus...we KNOW Jesus and the only way that is manifested is by us doing the work of Jesus. It's not mysterious or ponderous. It is Matthew 25:31-46, spelled out as clearly and unmistakably as possible. That's not to say it's easy, by any means, but it is clear. We are to do what Jesus did, for the people Jesus hung out with (the poor, the people on the fringe) and we are to do it with love and compassion. We could wrangle and wonder all our lives what God wants us to do and we make many decisions every day, hoping to "get it right." But the bottom line is, what we do for others, with love and compassion, we do the same way to Jesus. How we treat others, we treat Jesus the same way. Simple. Not easy, but simple. Blessings on your last weekend of Advent! Love, heidi