In Weordian, colourful clothing is very important: they show everyone how important you are. Coloured shoes are the best thing you could ever wear. Mr Mildelic makes these shoes. He is leaving his village with all his belongings, to work for the king in Rihtwis. At the king’s request, Mr Mildelic has made a masterpiece for each member of the king’s family. On his way to the palace, Mr Mildelic comes across a poor family who are working on a new road. They don’t have any shoes and their feet are bleeding. He faces a dilemma. Will he help these people by giving them the shoes he made for the king, risking his new job, or will he chose to secure his position at the king’s palace?
Matthew 25:37-40 (NIV) 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The 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.’ Mr Mildelic (‘Kindness’ in Old English) represents the righteous people that are referred to by Jesus in Matthew 25. In several Biblical verses (e.g., Luke 10:30-37), Jesus calls for social justice and to give priority to the poor, but arguably this is clearest in Matthew 25:37-40. Jesus was a living example of social justice, but we, in every age of our history, tend to find following His example very difficult. We are all called to be like Mr Mildelic: to be generous forsaking ourselves, trusting that we will be looked after by our King.