Seeing Jesus this Advent

The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.  John 12:21.

Well, that’s what we all want, isn’t it? We want to see Jesus. It’s the Advent season. We are preparing ourselves to for the Nativity, for the coming of our Lord. We are taught to refocus our vision upon seeing Jesus anew. We are to consider that He is on His way, visiting us again.

It’s hard to imagine the overwhelming joy of the shepherds when they saw the baby in the manger. The Magi were to see the toddler Jesus later at a house and brought him spectacular presents. The rabbis were to be amazed at the young Jesus speaking in the Jerusalem temple. Many saw the great teacher on mountainsides, preaching the Good News that the Kingdom of God had come to earth. Crowds watched Him heal, saw Him do miracles and watched as He took the mantle of sin from humanity, cloaked Himself with it and made His way to the cross. Those who loved Him saw Him after that, on the Emmaus road and the Mount called Olivet.

What would it be like to see Jesus this Advent season? Would it be like seeing someone sick in a hospital, hooked to feeding tubes and waiting to breathe their last? It might be.

Would seeing Jesus be like seeing someone sitting in the cold, on a cardboard mat, hungry, desperate for something to eat or drink? It could be.

Would it be like taking care of a refugee fleeing a war-torn country who needs shelter and clothing? Possibly.

Could seeing Jesus be like seeing a person in prison, separated from society and family, needing human contact to bring him hope. I think it could.

That might be what it would be like to see Jesus this Advent season. It might be just like that.

Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You? The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.”

You did it to Me.

So, yes, that’s what it may look like to see Jesus this Advent season. We will see Him in the faces of the poor, the sick, the downtrodden, those without hope. And, as you help those who need it, they might just see Jesus when they look at you.

One Reply to “Seeing Jesus this Advent”

  1. This morning, my #1 Grandkidlet, Amelia, served Mass for the first time. You’d have thought she’d been doing this for a year. But..I’ve already digressed. Father, during his homily, invited us to be Mary during reception of the Eucharist: to say, “Yes, Lord. Let it be done unto me according to Your will.” I thought a lot about that on the 2 hour drive back to NJ. How enthusiastic am I about doing His will, or even wanting to really know what that is? And it occurred to me that all I’d have to do is look about me for ample opportunity to know it, carry it out and especially to encounter Him during this First Day of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. For a pretty terrific list of ways to find Him and be Him to others: http://aleteia.org/2015/12/07/54-ways-to-be-merciful-during-the-jubiliee-year-of-mercy/

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