Matthew 25 with its 'whatever you did (or failed to do) for the least of these, you did (or failed to do) for me' is one of the most significant influences on my understanding of ministry. Trying to see Christ in others, to do for them as I would wish to do for Christ is not always easy.
How do we see, as God sees...
- The person with mental health issues who invades our personal space and insists on touching us
- The dogmatic fundamentalist who aggressivley tells us we are wrong, and who picks squabbles with anyone who challenges her
- The frail old man who smells of stale urine and whose speech is slurred
- The person with learning disabilities who sprays us with crumbs as he speaks with a mouth full of half chewed bread
- The 'aggressive' beggar who sits on the pavement and asks for money
- The feuding neighbours who shout loud and long over perceived offence
How do we spot Jesus, word made flesh, in our village/town/city?
How do others spot Christ in us?
How are we the unlovely person whom God loved so much he sent his only son?
Much to ponder, I feel.