Saturday, 5 April 2014

The overlooked

John 7:40-43
Division among the People
 When they heard these words, some in the crowd said, “This is really the prophet.” Others said, “This is the Messiah.” But some asked, “Surely the Messiah does not come from Galilee, does he? Has not the scripture said that the Messiah is descended from David and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?” So there was a division in the crowd because of him.

How often have we overlooked
Christ in our midst
because he was in the wrong place
at the wrong time?
Or did not appear
from the direction we expected
or in the guise for which we were looking?
How often has Christ surprised us
by being unrecognisable
and too close for comfort?
And while we argue
about where The Messiah
can be found
Christ hangs out
with the lonely
and the hurting
the outcast
and the stranger
and gets on with the 
work of God.

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