We Are Loved

April 27 “We Are Loved!”   John 10:1-10

Jesus said: “I am the gate for the sheep.”

“If you always assume

the man sitting next to you

is the Messiah

waiting for some simple human kindness–

You will soon come to weigh your words and watch your hands.

And if the Messiah so chooses

Not to reveal himself

In your time–

It will not matter. Rabbi Danny Siegel

The one thing about having a chronic disease is that it keeps you humble, and as I prepare for my malaria treatments, which will bring me back to health, I find myself very humble, for I have been struggling with fever and weakness, I have in my eyes the face of Jesus. I walked the Labyrinth today repeating the rosary, and I remembered Mary who made no judgments and trusted in God. The poem above reminds me that we never will know when we meet Jesus–I have met him in the face of people who have hurt me, ridiculed me, and discarded me; I have met him in the those so screwed up on drugs, they have no recollection, I have met him in every faith, and creed, sexual orientation and race–when we judge–we miss Jesus, and we do harm to ourselves and others. In reflecting on Mary and the Magnificant today I choose to keep my eyes on the One who comes when we least expect it. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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