Tuesday March 23rd - Wishing

Wishing

I wish to see Jesus:
in the panhandler on Main Street-
but the unkempt hair,
the stained, tattered clothes,
the odours fit for a barnyard
cloud my eyes;

I wish to hear Jesus:
in the politicians
making decisions I cannot support;
in the evangelist
mouthing platitudes to the pain-full;
in the talk-show callers
spewing hateful bile;
but their words
clog my ears;

I wish to meet Jesus:
in the tattooed skateboarder
riding the rails at the school;
in the hip-hopper
jamming at the bus stop;
in the goths hanging outside
the video arcade,
but too quickly I cross the street
looking for him in folk
just like me.

Jesus:
why would you wish
to see
to hear
to meet
me?

Hebrews 13: 1-3
Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body

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