Today, I am sharing the whole of the day’s devotion. This topic speaks directly to my heart. Consider going to the Community Meal tonight with the knowing that you are the face of Jesus.
December 16 Day Three of Week Three – A Promise Each of Us Is Invited Into
Romans 12:9-13. “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”
I Want to Live Like That http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0cMVmr11bY
Sometimes I think, what will people say of me, when I’m only just a memory? When I’m home where my soul belongs. Was I love, when no one else would show up? Was I Jesus to the least of us? Was my worship more than just a song? Refrain: I want to live like that and give it all I have. So that everything I say and do, points to You. If love is who I am, then this is where I’ll stand. Recklessly abandoned, never holding back. I want to live like that. I want to live like that. Am I proof that You are who you say You are? That grace can really change our heart? Do I live like Your love is true? People pass and even if they don’t know my name, Is there evidence that I’ve been changed? When they see me, do they see You? Refrain I want to show the world the love You gave for me. I’m longing for the world to know the glory of the King Refrain
Reflection: You don’t have to be Catholic, or agree with him, to appreciate Pope Francis and the stance of humility from which he leads and the light he shines on practicing hospitality. “When we are generous in welcoming people and sharing something with them—some food, a place in our homes, our time—not only do we no longer remain poor: we are enriched.” That’s the magic of hospitality. When you share, you receive. The giver receives and receiver gives. It’s a circle of compassion. Pope Francis also said, “To love God and neighbor is not something abstract, but profoundly concrete: it means seeing in every person the face of the Lord to be served, to serve him concretely. And you are, dear brothers and sisters, are the face of Jesus.” Do you consider yourself the face of Jesus? Whether you do or don’t, it doesn’t matter because you are the face of Jesus to the world. And that’s powerful. When people see you, how do they see Jesus? I was reading an article that talked about serving the poor. He said as long we say “the poor” we can distance ourselves from what it means. He pointed out that we can’t do as God intended as long as we keep our distance. Until we say “our poor”, until we get close to the hunger and despair and let its grit and grime etch our hearts, until we humble ourselves to understand in God’s world we are all one, we can’t do as God intended, commanded us to do. We are all the face of Jesus, we are all the Lord’s people, and our poor belong to God and to us. It is easy to consider poverty as an issue but the fact remains, it’s not an issue, it is people. God’s people. Our people. To practice hospitality, really practice it in that profoundly concrete way, we have to enter into the circle of ALL God’s people, each who means as much to God as the next. In God’s eyes we are all the same.
Action: Think about your face of Jesus that you show the world. Is it Jesus’ face or just a cheap copy? How can you better serve our poor, practice hospitality, be love when no one else showed up? How can you live like that? Make a plan, take action and move this from the abstract to the concrete.
Dear God, Thank you for loving all of us, all the time, all the same. Give us the courage to not hold back, to give it all we have. Embolden us when our unfamiliarity of situations turns our shyness into standing in place. Be with us as we step outside our comfort zones and live as you directed, in a world that discourages non-conformity and blatant, reckless abandoned hospitality. Help us live like that. With a grace changed heart, Amen.