Inasmuch As You Did It To One Of The Least Of These
I can't help but think of this photo in religious terms. The shot was taken by a tourist in New York City. Jennifer Foster came across a man who had no shoes and as she was about to approach him, a police officer came up and had socks and boots for him.
She sent a picture and description of the photo to the NYPD and they posted it on Facebook where it inspired many hundreds of thousands of people.
This is the last week of the Christian church year and our Gospel reading on Sunday was of Jesus' parable of the Ten Virgins. Later on in the chapter in the Gospel of Matthew where we learn that story there is a section that is somewhat terrifying and beautiful. It begins by saying the sheep and goats will be separated. God tells the sheep that they inherit the kingdom:
Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you 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 took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
The officer in the photo above has been identified as Lawrence DePrimo, 25. The New York Times has more on him and what happened the night this photo was taken.