Would I recognize you Jesus if you rode into
town on public transit?
If you stepped off a bus in filthy blue jeans
and a tattered coat carrying a bedroll and backpack,
would I see your holiness?
Would I see you tenderly, quietly lay your
hand on the man sleeping in a doorway?
Would I hear your gentle voice when you
spoke to the mumbling, disconnected,
bent over woman pushing a shopping cart?
Would I recognize how your compassion
connected with the sullen, pocked-faced,
wild-eyed teenager as you shared a laugh and
Would I turn away from you, a man
who looks down on his luck, and go about my life
Or would I, for a moment, glimpse my King,
no show, no theatrics, no pomp,
the radical, servant Jesus,
the confident, silent Jesus, the unexpected,
Open my eyes.
by Zoanna Pearson