At the Passover meal, Jews today still set an empty (or extra) place at the table in hopes that Elijah will come. In some Christian homes and communities we set a ‘Christ plate’ with the same basic idea. Both long for the presence of the King.
During his ministry, Jesus often chose to engage and spend time with the least. He was all about providing that space at the ‘table’ for them. He welcomed all shapes of life into His world and continues to do so. Jesus knew that God loves all equally and fully, so He treated all that way.
As we return from a week of mission work in Seattle, I am full of memories of Youth and adults alike who chose to engage people in need. It is easier to do so on a mission trip because it is ‘expected’ but by practicing hospitality, generosity, and love each of us are now better prepared to extend these things in our normal, everyday lives.
In our encounters this week and in the weeks ahead, we will encounter Jesus in some we meet. In other encounters people will experience Jesus through us. What a blessing it is to be in and to share the presence of our living savior, Jesus Christ.
Scripture reference: Matthew 10: 40-42