“Whoever receives you receives me.” These words of Jesus from today’s Gospel remind me of the great responsibility I have as a believer in Jesus. In reality, I become another Christ as I live my life of faith patterned after the life and values of Jesus.
As your pastor I am proud to be your leader and guide. I pray daily that you follow the pattern of the one I follow, Jesus Christ. Jesus came to lift up the downtrodden, to destroy the barriers of division and to lead us to the new and wonderful life we can have through faith.
We are reminded in today’s Gospel to be kind to others, for we could be extending kindness to a prophet or perhaps, to Jesus himself. In the 25th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus said whatever we do or do not do for the least of our brothers and sisters, we did to Him. Jesus came to construct a people who would follow His example, which is after all, the example of God. Through baptism, we are each called to be Christ in the world today. May others notice that we mirror the image and likeness of God by the way we live our lives. Peace.