Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I AM

God said to Moses, "I AM the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." Then Moses said to God, "If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is His name?' what shall I say to them?" God said to Moses, "I AM Who I AM... Say this to the people of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you'" (Ex 3).

And so I AM sent Moses to the people of Abraham. Afterwards, when many centuries passed by, Jesus, the Messiah, sent Himself to the people of the world. He said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM" (John 8:58). Then many more centuries went by, the world ran its course, and finally the Second Coming took place. Jesus came in glory with all His angels and took seat on His great white throne. Before Him were gathered all the nations, and He separated them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He placed the sheep at His right hand and the goats at His left.
A poor child in Maputo (the capital city of
Mozambique) looking for food in the
garbage and bottles to resell.
Then the King said to those at His right hand, "Come, O blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I WAS hungry and you gave Me food, I WAS thirsty and you gave Me drink, I WAS a stranger and you welcomed Me, I WAS naked and you clothed Me, I WAS sick and you visited Me, I WAS in prison and you came to Me."

Then He said to those at His left hand, "Depart from Me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I WAS hungry and you gave Me no food, I WAS thirsty and you gave Me no drink, I WAS a stranger and you did not welcome Me, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me." Then they also will answer, "Lord, when did we see Thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to Thee?" Then He will answer them, "Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to Me" (Matt 25:31-45).
Which people are the hidden Jesus?

Those who say: I AM hungry. I AM thirsty. I AM naked. I AM lonely. I AM imprisoned. I AM sick. I AM dying.

Mother Theresa