There are two places that Jesus promises us we will always find him; in the Eucharist and in the poor. To our senses the bread of the Eucharist appears ordinary, humble and “unlike” the God we often imagine. To our senses the poor often appear repulsive, wild and a “lost cause.” Yet there, in those odd and unusual places, God remains waiting for us to visit.
At first the announcement of the Eucharist causes doubt and division among many of the disciples leading them to abandon Jesus, “after this many of his disciples drew back and no longer walked with him” (John 6:66). The announcement of his presence in the poor is a matter of salvation. For those who have served Jesus in the poor will go on to eternal life, while those who did not, “did it not to me. And they will go away into eternal punishment” (Mt 25:45).
God always shows up where we least expect him and in ways that we cannot comprehend. It is, at the very least, a call to pay attention, a call to beg the Holy Spirit to see and think like God since His ways, ideas and thoughts are rarely like ours.
+ Fr. Jeremiah Myriam Shryock
Ft. Worth, TX
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