Saturday, December 15, 2007

Recognize Jesus in Each Other

And as they came down from the mountain, And his disciples asked him, saying: Why then do the scribes say that Elias must come first? But he answering, said to them: Elias indeed shall come, and restore all things. But I say to you, that Elias is already come, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they had a mind. So also the Son of man shall suffer from them. Then the disciples understood, that he had spoken to them of John the Baptist.
Matthew 17:9a, 10-13 (Douay-Rheims Bible)

Prayer Reflection

Dear Father as I reflected this morning on a word of your choosing I am reminded of it now in this Gospel passage. You came down from the mountain with your disciples and a question came from them. But for us we take for granted the many people that come into our lives without seeing you in them. It's as if we are made of wood, shaped by others. Little by little our lives are carved and whittled by those around us. We idolize the handy work of how we dress each one. But do we know the presence of your Son in each of us and recognize you in them. Do we really see that each person has a purpose in each of our lives. Do we disregard those who look less than appealing to our eye, yet it could be Jesus himself we have just disregarded. We go about our day without thought to the possibility that next to us could be Him. How do we treat those who stand next to us in a line. Do we smile, are we kind, polite, or rude. We do have choices but which of the choices do we make that fulfill God's plan in our lives in the treatment of those around us.

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