the name…

May 6, 2008

every once in a while the lord plunges me into this insatiable desire to read… learn… lose myself in information. im kind of in that mode right now.. which explains the newly created blog. i never really thought i’d be a blogger… i just dont think my life is that interesting, but.. with all this reading the lord is showing me and teaching me so much. my thoughts are bubbling over and i figured for the first time i may try and write some of these thoughts down.

the title.. “distressing disquise” comes from mother theresa. she constantly refers to the poor people, the sick, the lepers, the lonely that she serves as Jesus in a “distressing disguise”. she has learned to see Jesus in everyone… and treats them as such, quoting Jesus himself when he said that whatever you do to the least of these you do to me. so… im guessing through this blog i will express these constant new thoughts and challenges as i learn to see jesus in his many distressing disguises.

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3 Responses to “the name…”

  1. allison richmond Says:

    here’s my legit aka, not trying to be difficult or smart mouthed, question…
    it’s easy for me to think about finding Jesus in the faces of hurting people, but much harder to find Jesus in the face of those who are not behaving anywhere near how Jesus would behave. aka, somebody who abandon’s their wife, or someone who is verbally abusive, etc.
    how do you, slash, mother theresea, find Jesus there? underneath the hurt that’s causing them to act out aggressively? i mean, how does what you’re talking about work when it doesn’t work?

  2. lanacole Says:

    well… my first thought to this was: “we all fall short” we do. and i know i’ve been in habitually sinful times in my life that if the Lord had not looked at me with loving, yet correcting eyes i would be in a bad place right now.

    the second thought i had was… we do it the same way Jesus did. we treat them the same way he treated the woman at the well, the adulteress, the prostitute, the tax collector.

    mother theresa says: “none of us has the right to condemn anyone. even when we see people doing bad and we dont know why they do it. jesus invites us not to pass judgement. that leper, drunkard, sick person… have been created for a greater love. Jesus identifies himself with them saying ‘whatever you did to the least of me you did to me.’
    she also says “you can touch the sick… and believe that it is the body of christ you are touching… but it is much more difficult when these people are drunk or shouting (or sinning) to think this is jesus in his distressing disguise. how clean our loving hands must be to be able to bring that compassion to them. we need to be pure in heart to see Jesus in the person of the spiritually poorest.”

    so…thats what i would say. if we want to see through jesus’ eyes, we need to pray for jesus’ heart. and i say this KNOWING… it is much easier said that done.

  3. allison richmond Says:

    this is great…thanks for this quote….
    she also says “you can touch the sick… and believe that it is the body of christ you are touching… but it is much more difficult when these people are drunk or shouting (or sinning) to think this is jesus in his distressing disguise. how clean our loving hands must be to be able to bring that compassion to them. we need to be pure in heart to see Jesus in the person of the spiritually poorest.”
    i’m glad i’m not the only one who has an easier time seeing Jesus in the hurting vs. in the hurter. 🙂 but it doesn’t mean that the distinction between the two is legit. sometimes it’s easier for me to see thru the “hurter” mask to the hurting person (which is why i can do counseling) but sometimes, if the person is lashing out in a verbally aggressive way, for example, it’s harder for me to see Jesus there. but i appreciated the redirect from you and mama T. he’s there, too, just hiding under more layers.


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