King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)
Every day poses a challenge on how we would treat the people around us. Take for example that driver who overtakes you, that officemate who spreads rumors about you, or that classmate who bullies you. How do you feel about them? Annoyance? Resentment? Anger? How about that old man walking alone under the scorching heat of the sun, that skinny boy selling sampaguita, or that mother asking for alms? Did you even bother to look at them? Think about that person you made fun of or cursed. Have you considered how they would feel?
As we encounter these people, may we pause and see past their appearance, personality, or attitude. May we not see them as enemies, as disturbances to our routine, or as people to be reproached. Instead, may we see in them the fingerprints of God, created in His own image. May we see them as people who are broken and in need, just like us. May we see them as people for whom Christ also died. Then, having seen, may we treat everyone we encounter with love, respect, and dignity.