Mother Theresa, when speaking of the the very poorest in Calcutta said that, "Each one of them is Jesus in disguise." In saying this she captures the extraordinary ordinaryness of her ministry. She served even the most challenging person as she would serve Jesus himself. Jesus teaches in Matthew chapter 25:
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
We are to see the lost, the poor and the sick as Jesus sees them. Like the dearly loved children that they are.
I am reminded of an advertising Campaign in 2000. Taxi Advertising & Design won a silver medal in the 10th Annual Agency of the Year Contest for Strategy Magazine with a campaign for Covenant House, a drop in centre for teens in Toronto.
It was a powerful program that touched a nerve in the Toronto area.
Click here to see the TV Commercial.
What these spots did so effectively is skewer the viewer on how we all fail to see street youth as Christ sees them. In his eyes they lost children.
Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.
This reminds me of Peter who writes: "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms." (1 Peter 4: 10)
Our calling is to see our fellow humankind as who they really are. Children of God that are in need. Pray for eyes that see others as Jesus does.