Devotions from Living the Lord’s Prayer by Haase

Because God has taken on flesh and blood in the incarnation, we Christians are challenge to adopt a deeply contemplative vision of each other.  “We are called to look beyond the superficial appearances of hairstyles and first impressions, to see and reverence in our neighbor another dwelling place for the Divine.”

Our faith is given us to recognize that Christ is in our neighbor and to help our love make both him and ourselves more fully like Christ.  Mother Teresa, who spent most of her life working with the dying on the streets of India, said, “I see God in every human being.  When I wash the leper’s wounds, I feel I am nursing the Lord himself.” 
As we grow in our faith, we become more aware that our neighbor is to be embraced and engaged, not simply endured.  “It is recognizing that our God who  is in heaven has taken on flesh and walks this earth in the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the forgotten-indeed, in everyone.”  Let us not miss Him in those we come in contact with today.