Jesus says that when he returns he will gather the nations of the world before him and separate them into two categories as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will call the one group blessed, “For 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.” This group will deny it saying they never met Jesus when he was hungry or thirsty. Jesus says, “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine you did for me.”
We are called to care for the world around. We are called to meet the physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs of our community; of whatever into which God has placed us. We need to be feeding the hungry, caring for the depressed, providing single parents, supporting addicts. All these things we need to be doing as if we were caring for the needs of Jesus. We need to meet the needs of Christians and non-Christians. We need to demonstrate the love of Christ within us.
Jesus also speaks to the other group, telling them to depart from his presence. This group protests, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger?” Jesus answers, “whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.”
The best way to separate ourselves from God is to not meet the needs of the people we pass by everyday.