Lov­ing as Christ loved

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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.

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