Jesus in disguise

The Doctor's Life Support for 14 June

Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognising him.

Luke 24: 15–16

Have you ever wished that you were one of the first disciples, that you had actually met Jesus face to face and talked with him? I have. Sometimes I felt I would be so much closer to Jesus if I could hear his voice with my ears rather than in my heart. But it is interesting to read in the story of the road to Emmaus that two of Jesus’ close companions did indeed walk and talk with him shortly after his resurrection but failed to recognise him, despite a long journey together and deep conversation with him. I wonder if we are a little like those disciples much of the time. Jesus tells us that whatever we do for the least of his brothers in need, we do for him. (Matthew 25: 40) As Christian clinicians, we have countless opportunities every day to meet and serve Jesus in our patients. Mother Theresa used to view each one of the destitute and dying people for whom she cared as Jesus in distressing disguise. When I remember to see Jesus in my patients, it transforms my practice. Sometimes we go out to a lonely, quiet place to meet with God, and it can be a very helpful thing to do. But sometimes we forget that Jesus is just as present, perhaps more so, in a crowded outpatient department or a noisy ward of malnourished children, as he is on a lonely mountain top. In every patient we have the opportunity to meet and minister to Jesus, if we allow our eyes to be opened to recognise him. (Luke 24: 31) Prayer: Open my eyes to see Jesus in my patients, Guide my hands to be Jesus to my patients.

Written by Vicky Lavy from Malawi

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