Yesterday, we read the passage from Matthew 25:31-46 (read it here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/? search=MAtthew+25%3A31-46&version=NRSV).
Jesus tells his disciples: “When you feed a hungry person, give clothes to someone who has none, visit someone in prison or welcome a stranger, you are doing all of that for me.”
That’s how we get to meet Jesus: in the faces of those we serve. In the relationships we build with people who push us outside our comfort zone.
Jesus is giving examples, not a complete list of people that we get to meet him through. As a conclusion, he calls them “the least of these who are members of my family.”
And it made me think: Who is the least person in my eyes? Who is the last person I want to have to face? Someone who hurt or disappointed me? Someone who has political and moral views that are completely opposite to mine? Someone who gets under my skin or makes my blood boil? Someone who scares me because their mental or emotional state makes them unpredictable?
Each and every one of them is an opportunity for me to meet Jesus, and to grow in my faith.
How about you? Who is the least or the last person that you want to face and have a conversation with?
They are a chance for you to meet Jesus. They need you, and you need them.
As we are about to begin the season of Advent, actively welcoming Jesus into our lives, let’s keep an eye out for him.