On Sunday morning our preacher focused on Jesus and his appearance to the two disciples while they walked to Emmaus, and after they recognized him, he disappeared.
Yes, Jesus disappeared going from the mountain to beyond the clouds, but Jesus is here in our world, now. A parable of Jesus gives clues as to where he is and what his condition is. He is hungry, thirsty, poorly clothed, homeless, sick, incarcerated, a refugee and an outcast. According to the parable, that is who he is whether or not we choose to help him.
In the parable the privileged people of society were gathered to be judged. The judge divided the people by two. He put into one group the generous people who had helped the needy, and declared that what they had done to others they had done to Jesus.
Selfish people thought the poor were lazy. They said that those in jail got what they deserved, and should stay there. They believed that refugees should stay in their own countries and that walls should be built to keep them out of their country. All these selfish and self-centered people were put into a separate group. They had failed to see the human worth of anyone less fortunate than they, and missed helping Jesus.
By the way, Rhoda and I were married on April 5, 1947 in the E. Vine St. Mennonite Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Frank Enck, pastor of Vine Street had the devotions. J. Irvin Lehman, my father preached the sermon. D. Stoner Krady, father of the bride performed the ceremony, John M. Lehman, my brother, was the song leader. Grooms attendants were Irvin Cordell and Daniel Krady. Brides attendants were Miriam Shank and Illa Mae Homsher. The reception followed at “Krady Hollow” home of the bride.
(Daughter Rachel took me to lunch this noon.)