Whatsoever You Do ...
by Fr. Jack McArdle with Aneel Aranha
'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
The old monk had spent a great deal of his life with the Lord, either in contemplation, reflection, community prayers, or during his ordinary work detail. He always had a secret hope, and he never knew from where exactly it had come. He had a secret hope of actually seeing some visible sign of the reality of the Lord's presence in his life. Although, he hesitated to use the word, he secretly longed for some sort of vision.
One day he was in the chapel praying, when, suddenly, he looked up, and there he saw Jesus in full physical, visible form. Jesus smiled at him, and the monk was so dumbfounded, that he just stared, and smiled back. Suddenly, in the midst of the most beautiful experience of his life, the door-bell rang. It was the time of day when the homeless and the hungry came to the monastery for something to eat. Today was his turn to take care of them.
Despite his excitement, he got up quietly, and went out to take care of the old man at the door. When the job was done, he rushed back into the chapel, and, yes, Jesus was still there, waiting for him. He fell on his knees and thanked Jesus for waiting for him. Jesus smiled, and said "If you had not gone out to take care of that poor hungry man, I would have immediately left."
Just as Jesus is in us, He is also present in everybody we meet. If you ever want to see Jesus, just look at the people around you. Look for Him in the person you like the least; it might help you like him a little more.
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