In last parable Jesus shared before he went to the Cross. He talked about the importance of community service.
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
In the last few weeks it has beennoted that in St. Louis community service is not a concern for residents of St. Louisdowntown neighborhood. I guess they forgot the American concept of give us your tired your poor….
According to The Illustrated Everyday Bible Companion, a goat a domesticated animal used for food, clothing and in religious sacrifices. A Sheep is a domesticated animal prized for food and fleece that it provided, and also used as a sacrificial offering. Large flocks of sheep were a sign of wealth.
The wealthy citizens of downtown are like the goats.
There are some sheep in the downtown community like the Rev. Larry Rice. Recently an eldery woman wrote a beautiful letter to local publication to remind st. Louis of their civic duty
80% of the homeless people in St. Louis are African American.