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.