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Seeing Jesus in the Person Across the Table

In today’s Gospel, Jesus weeps over Jerusalem because the people were missing so much. (Luke 19:41-42). He, their greatest gift, was in their midst. He was with them every day, talking with them, feeding them, teaching them, loving them. And they missed Him.

Many people of Jesus’ time missed Him because He didn’t seem like anything special. He looked and talked like them. They didn’t fully understand (or agree with) what He said. Many knew Him from childhood—they knew who His parents were, where He grew up, and what He did for a living. Nothing special, nothing impressive.

Jesus’ tears in today’s Gospel wash the dust from the eyes of my heart.

Because every human person is created in the image and likeness of God, Our Lord visits us in every human person we encounter. Every. Single. Person.

Are we missing Him? Is He weeping over us because we missed His visitation to us in others?

Yes, in strangers, of course, but also in those closest to us. Our closest friends and family often don’t seem like anything special. Nothing impressive. They sometimes annoy us. We see their faults like no one else. We might not relate to them, we might disagree with their religion or politics, we might think they’re ignorant. We “know everything about them.” We know who their parents are, where they grew up, and what they do for a living. Sometimes, we lose the ability to be in awe of them. Sometimes, we miss the Jesus in them.

Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament (like we see in the First Reading) should lead us to a greater recognition of Him in both strangers and those who share our table. Jesus’ Eucharistic presence in us actually makes us more aware of His presence in other people. Further, the word “Eucharist” means “thanksgiving.” Receiving Jesus in Holy Communion shifts our perspective to one of gratitude. If we allow Him, He will help us see Him in others and respond to their existence with profound thankfulness (even those who are hardest to love).

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Let’s receive Jesus in the Eucharist, the Lamb who was slain, as an act of love, adoration, and thanksgiving. Let’s allow Him to open our eyes to behold His visitation in others.

P.S. Happy Thanksgiving to our sisters in the United States!

Olivia Spears lives in Kentucky where the sweet tea and bourbon flow like milk and honey. She is the Blog Manager for Blessed is She and works from home as an editor and social media manager. She likes to binge novels and Netflix while raising her children and laughing with her husband. You can find out more about her here.

4 Comments

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    Patricia
    November 22, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Have a blessed Thanksgiving. God is good all the time! In Adoration and thanking our Lord for leading me to Blessed Is She.

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    Kate
    November 22, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    This reflection was amazing and perfect timing! Thank you for helping me realize I was missing Jesus in my extended family! Thank you for speaking God’s truth to my heart!

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    mrsd
    November 22, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Why didn’t I read this post before talking with my 90-year-old aunt on the phone??!!

    Lord, have mercy. Great post.

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    Jean-Paul Marie Justin
    November 23, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    TEENAGERS! why is it so hard to see Jesus in teenagers? Maybe it is because of those 30 some missing years! Jesus last seen surprised by the worrying Mary and Joseph is next seen at The Wedding Feast questioning His Mother’s sense of timing. That’s much more than a gap year before getting on with it. I don’t know how to “reach in” to the live of teenagers. They are cocooned it seems. Jesus staring into the black screen of a smartphone?? Ear muffed in headphones?? There are no teenagers to pass me the mash potatoes. So my encounters are few and far between. Body piercings? and Tattoos that are gonna really be weird after 70 years of fading and wrinkling. Thoughts squeeezed in 140 characters then tweeted and insta’s across booked faces spoken in a coded language I have not learned. Yet! when the youth gather around the Table of Our Lord, free of tech cocoons, arms wrapped around shoulders, singing and praising God like none before them… OH Holy Spirit ya do such good work!

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