Christ in People


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A Portuguese novel tells the story of  a young man who travelled to the Indies to seek a fortune, and in a few years, returned to Lisbon with several ships laden with wealth.

“Now,” he thought, “I’ll play a trick on my relatives.” He put on some worn-out clothes and went round to see his cousin Pedro.

“Here I am, your cousin John. After some years in India, I have come back home. You see how I am fixed… Could I stay at your house for a time?”

“Oh, my dear John, how I wish I could put you up. Unfortunately, there isn’t a room free in my house.”

John went round to another friend, and another, but everywhere he found the door closed against him.

Then he returned to his ships, got into his best clothes, and sailed into town with a dozen servants attending him. He bought a large mansion right on the main street of Lisbon. Within a few weeks his fabulous wealth was the talk of the town.

“Who could have imagined it?” said his friends and relatives who had given him the brush-off. “If we had only known, how differently we would have acted. But now we have spoiled our chances with him forever.”

Our Lord comes to us every day in the guise of those who need our help… How do we respond?

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3 thoughts on “Christ in People

  1. Hebrews 13:2 NASB – 2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.

    What a great thing for us to focus on this day as we pass people on the street in our busy lives. Picking up something for the lady whose arms are full, stopping on the side of the road and helping to change a tire for the mother on her way to a soccer game, giving that unkempt, smelly man a few of our many dollars so that he can eat something today. They are all opportunities for us to show Christ’s love to others.

  2. Pingback: Christ in People « HodgePodge « sharin' His love

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