Near an interstate off-ramp, a woman on the curb holds a cardboard sign: “No food, no job, please help.” She’s easy to ignore. She is clearly one of society’s castoffs, we might tell ourselves. She might use the money for drugs or alcohol. She can’t be trusted. But is hers the face of Jesus staring back at us?
We pass a homeless shelter. Several people are mingling outside, looking well worn, hovering around their belongings in bulging plastic bags and old rusted shopping carts. You can barely see their faces, but under those hoods or caps or scarves, do we see the face of Jesus, struggling to survive? Like the disciples on the shore, do we not realize it is Jesus beckoning us?
All around us are images of Jesus, hoping to get our attention, for a moment, for a smile, for a prayer. His face is everywhere. We can’t ignore it
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