READ : John 15:1-8
Almost every day during our hospital chapel service someone would pray that we might be a “little Jesus” to each patient. But it seems impossible for us to consistently love every needy person as Jesus did.
When people were rude, spiteful or abusive Jesus was full of grace. But his disciples, like us, were sometimes annoyed or vengeful. “Do you want us to call down fire from heaven to destroy them?” “People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them.” Can we really be expected to “turn the other cheek,” “go the extra mile,” “return good for evil”? It just doesn’t seem possible!
As missionaries in South Korea we dealt with some tough cases. A trusted staff member pocketed patients’ dental fees. Rich patients refused to wait in line. A drunk beggar loudly demanded free treatment-now! It took God’s help to be “a little Jesus” to people like these!
In today’s reading Jesus says, “I am the vine, you are the branches. Abide in me and you will bear much fruit.” “Ask what you will and it will be given you.” Here’s the secret: if Jesus lives in us-if we pay attention as he prompts us-he will show himself to others through us.
Dear God, help me to be “a little Jesus” to every one I meet today. In his name I pray. Amen.