It’s a quiet, solemn time in the sanctuary as the people are remembering Jesus giving His body for each of us. Laying down His life so we could live in freedom. My heart and mind are inward focused and I ask my husband to get my communion juice and cracker for me as he gets up.
A few rows in front of me, I see her. My eyes catch a glimpse of her and hold on. She doesn’t look like me. She doesn’t talk like me. She doesn’t act like me.
I think she’s an angel. Or a test from the Lord. Will we notice her beauty? Her innocence? Will we welcome her? Jesus would. Jesus would embrace her. He would answer all of her questions. He would have time for her. Jesus would stop for her, look at her, meet her greatest need.
Now the Lord is turning those questions to me, directly.
Lisa, will YOU notice her? Will YOU welcome her? Will YOU patiently answer her questions? Do YOU have time for her? Will YOU meet her greatest need?
Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.” Luke 9:48
Then she reaches over and hands a cup and cracker to another woman who is recovering from an injury and is unable to get up to get her own. She is glowing, with a wide, warm smile as she offers communion to the other lady. And, I am struck. This woman, so different than me, has so little to offer. I am unsure if she is homeless or exactly what her living situation is, but I do know it’s different than my situation. She gives what she can. It’s an absolutely beautiful scene and it brings me to repentance.
I am sorry for my past judgment. I am sorry for my impatience. I am sorry for my prideful attitude. I am sorry for not even thinking of the need in front of me. Lord, I am sorry.
It may have taken months, but I am now seeing her with His eyes. She comes to church with questions, the desire to learn, but I am the student. I am seeing how she gives what she has. I am seeing how she doesn’t hesitate to ask humble questions. I am seeing her greatness in her humility.
This is the Christianity the world needs to see. Christianity that stops for the least of these. Christianity that notices the least of these. Christianity that loves the least of these. Christianity that is Jesus to the least of these.