As we slide into summer, the San Diego Rescue Mission is getting excited about what it looks like to love our neighbors in this season!
In Matthew 25, Jesus describes a group of people as being “blessed by the Father,” and when they ask what they did to deserve that honor, he says,
I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.
I was a stranger and you invited me in.
I needed clothes and you clothed me.
I was sick and you looked after me.
I was in prison and you came to visit me.
The people he’s talking about don’t recall having done any of those things, and Jesus replies, Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
As Christians, we are called to treat all of our neighbors with love and kindness, but Matthew 25:40 reminds us that showing love to those who can’t give us anything in return carries a special promise: we get to see the face of Jesus through those interactions. It is also a reminder that small acts of kindness count in God’s Kingdom.
Summer in San Diego is a perfect time to put this verse into action. With the hot weather and lingering impacts of COVID 19, there are neighbors all across the county who would be grateful for a drink of water, a clean set of clothes, a simple sandwich.
Over the summer months, the Rescue Mission will be sharing fresh opportunities to meet the tangible needs of our vulnerable neighbors.
Here are a few to get you started: