We all aspire to be our best selves. During the Tokyo Olympics, we watched as athletes from around the world strove to be the greatest of all time (GOAT). But in Matthew 25 - the parable of the sheep and goats - it is not good to be categorized as a goat. As Christians, we are called to be more like sheep - treating the least of our neighbours as if they were Jesus himself. Perhaps the most challenging command in Matthew 25 is the edict to "visit the prisoner." This thought alone can make us uncomfortable and, yet, it is clearly part of our Christian call.
Rob Betty, a member of the diocesan Social Justice Committee, recorded a series of reflections on integrating compassion for the incarcerated into our Christian journey. You will meet people who have visited the prisoner and hear how that act changed both the visited and the visitor. Equally important, they will share insight into how we can act justly toward the "least of these."