To be with Jesus is to be with people who are poor; to know Jesus is to know people who are poor. If our reason for serving is to care for the “least of these,” then we are called to recognize Jesus in those we serve and to spend the time to build a relationship with them. Jesus is present among people who lack food, drink, and clothing and those who are strangers, sick, and imprisoned. Whenever I find myself thinking that I am an expert on poverty or that people who are poor need my knowledge, I remember that Jesus has more wisdom than I do. Imagine how our relationships with people who are food insecure would change if we assumed they have skills, knowledge, and a particular approach to the world.
—Elizabeth Mae Magill, Five Loaves, Two Fish, Twelve Volunteers: Growing a Relational Food Ministry (Upper Room Books, 2020)
How might you grow by remembering that others have wisdom to offer? Join the conversation.
Listen to advice and accept instruction,
that you may gain wisdom for the future.
—Proverbs 19:20 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Help me see Jesus in those around me. Help me see that Jesus is present among all people, including those who lack food, drink, and clothing and those who are strangers, sick, and imprisoned.
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Trinity Sunday (May 30)
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