Welcome and Healing—Seeing

Amy Curran

Read: Matthew 25:34-40

Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. (v. 40 NIV)

Every morning, a smattering of neighbors gathers on my street to pray. One of the regular attendees is a talkative young woman who asks questions after the Bible is read. More often than not, she asks about Jesus himself. “If Jesus is with us now, why can’t we see him?” she asks. “It’s just so hard to not see him.” We often respond that we can see Jesus. But how?

In Matthew 25, Jesus tells his followers that they find him in the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the sick, and the imprisoned. When we can’t see Jesus, it is our vision that must be adjusted. Jesus, the King, is not absent. Rather, he is ever-present to us, in the face of our neighbor, and particularly our neighbor in need.

In my community, this means learning to see Jesus in the eyes of the man who asks for money door-to-door, or a neighbor who has an immediate need that demands more time than I have. It means seeing Jesus in a hundred menial encounters every day and learning to offer and receive love from him as need and gift arise.

Seeing Jesus in one another is a healing act. Those who receive Jesus are recipients of his healing presence. Those who are received as Jesus are recipients of the gift of welcome. We all have opportunities to receive and be received. —Amy Curran

Prayer: Jesus, teach us to see and receive you in others.