7 May, 2020

Whoever welcomes the one I send welcomes me

~ John 13:19 ~

Jesus’ teaching today “Whoever welcomes the one I send welcomes me,” puts many of us in a predicament. We unconsciously use a socially acceptable system to grade ourselves and others. Those who are homeless, poor, refugees, abused, child-headed families and many more vulnerable in our communities, find themselves in a lower grade system and in difficulty.


When Jesus asks us to welcome those he sends to us, we may think that he is talking about the priests, leaders and influential people in our communities. The thought of welcoming those in difficulty seldom comes to mind. We are afraid to and worried about associating with the vulnerable.


Yet, Jesus is very clear in his teaching. He knew the value of welcoming the other, no matter where they may come from or what social class they belong to. God works in and through all of us. Let us honestly reflect on why we find it difficult to welcome others and to see God in them.


Loving and gracious Lord,

we pray that you open our hearts and understanding,

especially during this time of COVID-19.

May we see the other as my brother and my sister, and in doing so to love them.




Catholic Parliamentary

Liaison Office

Jesuit Institute
South Africa

Reflection prepared by

Ms Puleng Matsaneng

Puleng works in Spirituality and researches Ignatian Spirituality in an African context. Her area of speciality is in exploring how African themes and practices of spirituality dialogue with the Western traditions, and how that is understood in relation to Ignatian Spirituality. She has looked at how Ignatian Spirituality can be integrated into the African worldview. Most especially, how the use of song and storytelling can be part of the prayer process. She is currently managing retreats in daily life and training prayer guides. Puleng is also involved in ongoing Spiritual Direction, giving 8-day and 30-day retreats. Her latest venture is a pilot programme of healing workshops that use the principles of Ignatian Spirituality.

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