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under a poor coat

Yesterday, I had the privilege of spending several hours volunteering at Our Daily Bread here in Lynchburg. The Lynchburg Morning Rotary Club, where I am a member, volunteers at Our Daily Bread once a quarter.

Our Daily Bread has been serving a daily hot noon meal to the hungry for over 30 years. In fact, my first organization, the Society of Saint Andrew played a small role in helping it get started.

Getting an opportunity to serve the poor is always a privilege for me, and yesterday was no exception. Every one of the 125 or so folks that came to Our Daily Bread yesterday came with a history.

Every one of them came with a story. And every one of them came with a hunger for more than the delicious lunch they were served.

There were definitely rich hearts under some poor clothes yesterday. And every one of those rich hearts reminded me that Jesus is a master of disguise.

“may I still recognize you”

Dearest Lord, may I see you today and every day in the person of your sick, and while nursing them, minister unto you. Though you hide yourself behind the unattractive disguise of the irritable, the exacting, the unreasonable, may I still recognize you and say: “Jesus, my patient, how sweet it is to serve you.” — Mother Teresa

because we don’t recognize him

If sometimes our poor people have had to die of starvation, it is not that God didn’t care for them, but because you and I didn’t give, were not an instrument in the hands of God, to give them that bread, to give them that clothing; because we did not recognize him, when once more Christ came in distressing disguise, in the hungry man, in the lonely man, in the homeless child, and seeking for shelter. – Mother Teresa

Jesus is clear that on the day of judgement some will inherit a kingdom while others will be cast into the outer darkness. What sets the two groups apart is how differently they treated those most in need, those in desperate circumstances.

Those inheriting the kingdom are those who reached out in love and compassion to those who were hurting and needed help. Those being cast out will be those who ignored the cries of those in need.

In the end, Jesus tells those who will be inheriting the kingdom that when they showed mercy and demonstrated love to the oppressed, the ugly, the despised, and the lonely, they were actually demonstrating love to Him.

Mother Teresa is right. How often do we hurry by the homeless Christ, refusing to look at him? How often do we ignore the hungry Christ, simply because we don’t recognize him?