Come to the Despised and Rejected
Reflection by Julieta S.
As we approach advent season, we must focus on setting our minds and hearts on preparing for the coming of Christ. During the time of advent we long for the coming of Christ in hope that He reveals Himself to us and we learn from Him to be better human beings in the life we are currently living. Being a student at St. Mary’s University provides an opportunity of meeting new people very frequently and being able to learn from them as they become a part of my life story. The environment I am currently in is a true blessing from God. It is a blessing from God because here at St. Mary’s I have grown in my faith so much, to the point that I am confident to speak about the significance of my faith and how it impacts me on my life journey. My Lord is loving and compassionate, understanding and forgiving, and accepts each and every one of His children for who they are, for He made us in His image.
Rejection is seen very often in our society. Every individual is unique in their own way, in their thoughts and in their actions, in what they are and in what they are not. The fact that we are different than the person we bump into while waiting in line for coffee at Starbucks, or the person sitting a couple tables away from us during lunch is something we should cherish. It is beautiful to think that no one else is you, and you are no one else; you are an original and beautiful creation from God. Somehow we tend to forget this, we forget that everyone is unique and beautiful and sometimes it leads us to discriminating others or saying hurtful things.
Even in our differences we are alike, we all come from the same loving and compassionate God. Sometimes we encounter people whom we have a difficult time dealing with but regardless of how different they are from us we must learn to be understanding and accepting. Some people feel rejected in our environment and we must learn to be aware of the signs that they show, so that we can invite them in. As we are in the spirit of hope for the coming of Christ we must ask Him to touch the life’s of those who feel excluded or alone in our world. We must learn to see Christ in everyone we meet, for we are all His children. We must take action in this spirit of hope and show Christ in what we say and in what we do.
This advent season, something that we should work on is to keep in mind that everything we do and say affects others. Let’s ask God to help us be patient with each other. We are all in search of something that will make us feel complete and each of us can be an angel to another human being who might be lost. God comes to comfort the despised and rejected and He asks the same from us. When Jesus was among humankind He was despised and rejected by multitudes, yet He never lost hope in his Father or in the people that rejected Him. Jesus knows and understands what it is like to be despised and rejected and is able to identify with those who are facing this during their life.
As followers of Christ let us follow in His footsteps and ask Him to help us be more like Him. Being more Christ-like is not an easy task, but it is possible with His help and His teachings. As it is proclaimed in the holy bible, “The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me.” Therefore, let us be good listeners, and loving and accepting to all of those around us. God lives in us and we must show this through the decisions we make.