Loving as Christ loved
During his earthly life, Jesus kept company with many ‘undesirables’, embracing those who society reviled.
He reached out and touched the untouchable, healing not only their bodies, but their minds and hearts.
He healed those considered unclean, and healed on the Sabbath, knowing that the value of each person could not be reckoned by law or social standing.
His heart was moved by the desperate need of the poor, the sick and downtrodden.
He accepted them as they came to him, treating them with dignity and grace.
He saw their wretched states but did not condemn them. Instead, he gave them hope.
As followers of Christ, we too are invited to reach out with love and compassion.
Like Jesus, we can bring hope to the hopeless, so that they may see themselves not as a broken, rejected failure but as a valuable human being who is precious in God’s sight.
Contributed by Druscilla Morgan of the Finley Uniting Church.