Have you ever thought about the appearances of Jesus after the resurrection? To Mary Magdalene, he appeared as a gardener; to the men on their way to Emmaus, he was a stranger on the road; to the disciples who were fishing, he was a lone unknown person offering advice. Jesus was alive and in the world but… but…as the kind of person we often overlook.
We walk past gardeners working in other’s parks or gardens. We ignore the strangers among us… homeless people, those who are disabled, those who alone. We roll our eyes at those who give us unsolicited advice. Maybe if we were able to encounter “those others” as people who have value in the sight of God, we, too, might discover that the gardener, the stranger on the road, and the person offering advice is indeed Jesus. Jesus is in our world. Will we able to see him?