Mass Readings: Jeremiah 11:18–20/John 7:40-53

Faces of Christ

The Jewish authorities scoff at Jews who think that this preaching, miracle-working Galilean could possibly be the Messiah. They even ask Nicodemus, himself a Pharisee and secret follower of Jesus who is trying to defend Him, “You are not from Galilee also, are you? Look and see that no prophet arises from Galilee” (Jn 7:52).

The Messiah has appeared from more improbable places than Galilee, and in more improbable guises than a poor carpenter’s son. St. Francis of Assisi saw him in a leper; Dorothy Day saw him in unkempt denizens of the Bowery; I see him shuffling up the aisle in my parish at Communion time. After all, Jesus tells us in Matthew 25:40, “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”

Prayer: Jesus, open my eyes so that I can see You in everyone I meet today.