Jesus as a Syrian Refugee

Jesus as a Syrian Refugee

Dedicated to the naysayers and holiday shoppers.

I wonder if we have forgotten Jesus the man
who knew the fear of flight,
plucked by his parents in a sudden need to
abandon his homeland for a foreign one.

I wonder if we have forgotten Jesus the man
who knew loneliness, hunger and helplessness,
that heavy weakness
that taunted the mind and tempted the spirit.

I wonder if we have forgotten Jesus the man
who freely offered a message to the unwanted,
who healed those others accused
of bringing suffering on themselves.

I wonder if we have forgotten Jesus the man
who would escape to a boat for respite,
who passed through the waters
with fearful friends in a storm-tossed sea.

I wonder if we have forgotten Jesus the man
who knew what it meant to be despised and shamed.
Many have no interest in this desperate,
hungry, thirsty, sick stranger in need of clothing.

I wonder if we have forgotten Jesus the man
who said whatever you do for the least of
these,
you do for me, in the guise of
the least of our day, a Syrian refugee.

I wonder if we have forgotten Jesus.

Christmas is a time where we remember the incarnation, when God inserted himself into humanity’s story in an unexpected way.  This was just the beginning.  We are invited to partner in the message of redemption the incarnation brings by meeting the needs of those Jesus advocated for -- the desperate, hungry, thirsty, sick and stranger that are vulnerable to injustice.  

The generosity of the holiday season is admirable, but Jesus’ hope was never for the ‘haves’ to have more, but for the ‘have nots’ to be raised from their suffering to the human dignity with which they were created.  Consider how you can love incarnationally this year, embodying the cares and concerns of Jesus for someone else.  Here are a few suggestions.

 
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