During the Lenten season, staff and church leaders will share a daily devotional. Please join us on the journey.
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2
“Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.” Mother Teresa
Jesus In Disguise
Jann Roeder – Communications Administrator
In the YouTube video 90 Seconds with Jann Roeder I mentioned that the first person I would like to have dinner with (living or dead ) would be Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Mother Teresa has been my hero for umpteen years. I have read her books and even followed her movements until she passed away in September of 1997. She was born in Albania, but after receiving a call from God, was already in Calcutta, India by age 19. I have always wanted to have such a calling that I felt lead me in the exact direction that He wants me to go. But I have only received little callings that give me a glimmer of what to do for short moments in time. I count my blessing for even receiving those. Some tell me they never hear from Him at all.
I’ve read many of her books and those written about her. My favorite was No Greater Love by Mother Teresa. Her life was so incredible and as I learned in the book so full of selflessness and righteous anger towards the ill treatment of the poor and underprivileged of Calcutta. When asked how she could love such unlovable creatures she stated that she felt like “each one of them is Jesus in disguise”. Standing only 5’ tall, she was a loving and feisty little woman. She once said, “By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus.” And that is exactly how she lived her life. I always loved her and wanted to meet her. But she traveled in much more high-brow circles than I did. She sought out the affluent and the powerful in order to encourage them to love the disenfranchised in their own areas of influence.
During Lent, we should all think about reaching out to someone that initially may frighten or disgust us. Try to see the loving face of our Savior in the desperation in their eyes. Don’t worry at all about how they may use your gift to them. In regards to you, God is only concerned about your love for a stranger and your trust in loving someone else without judgement. Who knows…..you may have just shown hospitality to an angel.
Dearest Heavenly Father, thank You so much for sending angels into our world. Mother Teresa was one of those precious angels that will influence generations of Christians. Thank you for giving us opportunities to love others that have so much less than we do. Encourage us to share our love and recognize that Jesus’ face can be found in all of Your people. In the precious Name of Jesus. Amen.