Lent [day 11]… [Monday, 22 February 2016]

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Lent [day 11]… [Monday, 22 February 2016]
Religious profiling?
Seems as if Jesus was into “REVERSE religious profiling”…

He cautioned us to beware of the “super religious” — the scribes, Sadducees, Pharisees and those of that ilk…
BUT, not so with the cultural “undesirables” who were normally targeted by the “religious profiling societal patrol”…
Jesus, friend of sinners, the marginalized and common riff-raff…
Check out Luke 18-19…
Jesus welcomed a persisitent widow [woman]…
Jesus preferred the humble prayer of a tax collector [over the arrogant religious prayer of a self-righteous Pharisee]…
Jesus welcomed children [even though his disciples were not so thrilled and welcoming]…
Jesus welcomed a seeking rich man…
Jesus heals a blind beggar [although the crowd was not so accepting of this bothersome bum]…
Jesus wecomed the notorious sinner Zach [although the religious crowd was quite miffed that Jesus went to his home for table fellowship]…
I love Alicia Britt Chole’s take on this: “Whom do we spiritually underestimate? The elderly? The young? The poor? The wealthy? The beautiful? The disabled? What group or class of people would we have turned away from Jesus? Today, let’s ask God to shine His light upon any form of religious profiling in which we are dismissing those beloved ones Jesus would welcome…”
Whom do we religiously profile?
When I was a chaplain with hospice, I was blessed to be assigned to the inner city of Tampa. At first, I did not realize just what a blessing this was… My ego convinced me in the beginnng that I was called to “take Jesus to those needy folks in the inner city” — I was their “answer”.
Not so…
I found that Jesus was already THERE in the ‘hood — in fact, his Presence was even more prolific and powerful among the poor in Spirit…
I met Grandmas and Grandpas who knew Jesus far more intimately than I did… They trusted Jesus more fully because he was often ALL they had…
I learned far more from my humble patients than they ever learned from me — what a treasured education in the spiritual life I was privileged to receive!
I am so glad God did not allow me to “spiritually underestimate” my profs in the ‘hood!
So glad Jesus was patiently teaching me the grave dangers of religious profiling…
Blessings!!!

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