Author: Lisa Graas
•3/10/2003 09:50:00 AM
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Will you see Jesus today? According to today's Gospel reading, you will probably see Jesus today. You will see Him in all who are in need of some kind. Yet again, Jesus shows us that we are all connected with Him and with each other. To minister to one of "the least ones" is to minister to Christ Himself. There is no room for the rejection of any person.

In the reading from Leviticus we can see that God made His requirements known before Christ was born. The difference is in the Incarnation. The precepts of God were already in place. In Leviticus, it says, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." With Christ, though, we find that in loving our neighbor, we are now loving God Incarnate.

This is almost always a difficult thing to do -- to love your neighbor as yourself, and yet, this is precisely what the saints have done. Once, when I was discussing holiness with a friend, she kind of winced at the mention of becoming a saint. I said, "Don't you want to become a saint?" Her reply indicated that sainthood is for the few, so it would be futile to even try. But you see, each one of us is called to be a saint. To say that we cannot be saints is to deny the promises of Christ. It is like saying to Jesus, "Love my neighbor?!? But that's impossible! That is WAY too hard for me!" And in this, we contradict the words of today's Psalm which tells us that the law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul! It is not too hard. The precepts of God are like a drink of water for a thirsty soul. Without the precepts of God, we would be languishing in confusion and doubt and sorrow with no hope of redemption. What an ugly thing to consider. It is His precepts which make Him our rock.

O Lord, grant that we may find refreshment in ministering to the least of your people. Grant that we may find joy in doing your will at times when it might otherwise seem too difficult for us. Strengthen us and enlighten us with your words, that we may also be rocks and redeemers in this fallen world. We ask in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.

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