Friday, November 8, 2013

If Jesus came to your house

I shared this reflection last Sunday in my homily, and had an overwhelming response from people, and so here it is for everyone to reflect on....

If Jesus came to your home to spend a day or two –
If He came unexpectedly, I wonder what you’d do.
Oh, I know you’d give your nicest room to such an honored Guest,
And all the food you serve Him would be the very best.
And you would keep assuring Him you’re glad to have Him there –
That serving Him in your home is a joy beyond compare.

But – when you saw Him coming would you meet Him at the door
With arms outstretched in welcome to Your Heav’nly visitor?
Or would you have to change your clothes before you let Him in,
Or hide your magazines, and put the Bible where they’d been?
Would you turn off the radio and hope He hadn’t heard,
And wish you hadn’t uttered that last, loud, hasty word?

Would you hide your worldly music and put some hymns books out?
Could you let Jesus walk right in, or would you rush about?
And I wonder – if the Savior spent a day or two with you,
Would you go right on doing the things you always do?
Would you go right on saying the things you always say?
Would life for you continue as it does from day to day?

Would your family conversation keep its usual pace,
And would you find it hard each meal to say table grace?
Would you sing the songs you always sing, and the read the books you read.
And let Him know the things on which your mind and spirit feed?
Would you take Jesus with you everywhere you’d planned to go,
Or would you, maybe, change your plans for just a day or so?

 Would you be glad to have Him meet your very closest friends,
Or would you hope they stay away until His visit ends?
Would you be glad to have Him stay forever on and on,
Or would you sigh with great relief when He at last was gone?
It might be interesting to know the things that you would do,
If Jesus came in person to spend some time with you.

But He is really here among us, as hypothetical as this may seem – he is there in your home, as that Unseen Guest at every meal you share, as the Silent Listener at every conversation you are involved in. He is here in front of me as I see Jesus in every one of you – that is why we are called Christians, other Christs.

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