I’m sure we all know the bible passage that starts ‘Whatsoever you do to the least…….’ which appears in Matthew Chapter 25. If you aren’t familiar with it, maybe you could try to take some time out today and read Matthew chapter 25. In it Jesus states many things, which have profound implications about who He is, about salvation and also about where we can find him. On Thursday the 21st of June St George’s school in Weybridge had a retreat day where their second year (Year 8) pupils were seeking God in a variety of different places – others, the world and themselves for example. Sarah Beresford, assistant Chaplain at St Georges invited Martin to lead workshops about finding God in others, especially the poor. The pupils were very responsive and understood that God is like a treasure which can be found.
“We looked at some passages of the bible which talked about what God (the treasure) was like, so we would recognise the treasure when we encountered it (God). There are many of these passages: ‘God is love’ (1 John 4:16) or ‘the fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience…’ from Galatians 5:22-23. Both of these help us recognise God’s presence in others (and even ourselves). We also looked at passages that hinted at ways we could find God. Some of these took a little bit of unlocking, but included Proverbs 14:21, Micah 6:8 and James 1:27. The passage from Matthew mentioned above gives a big clue as to a ‘place’ we can recognise God, in the face of the poor. This is mirrored in teachings of the Saints throughout the years.
So, with an eye for the God we were looking for (recognised in hope, joy, love, compassion etc.) we looked at videos, photos and words from the countries in which, and the people with whom, CAFOD works. The students were very good at recognising the presence of God within these other people stating that ‘they had a strong hope’ or ‘it’s their determinaton to make things better.'”
We hope the students of St George’s found God that Thursday and continue to find God still. We also hope and pray for the rest of us – that we too would be able to see God’s face in the face of the poor and recognise God’s presence in our own lives. Perhaps you might like to spend a moment looking at our website, reading the stories and looking at the pictures and seeking God in the face of others. http://www.cafod.org.uk