"And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples." Matthew 9:10
As Gana and I had a romantic picnic on the Seine, we had a Jesus Encounter.
We feasted on bread, fruit, cheese, sausage and a bottle of Champagne (a gift from Gana's brother!). We were relaxing and enjoying each other in our own little universe when Jesus stood at the door and knocked, so to speak.
A homeless man who was collecting bottles asked us if we were finished with our bottle. No, in fact, we weren't. And then, out of no where the words came out of Gana's mouth, "Would you like to have a glass of Champagne with us?" The man looked pleasantly surprised! Oui monsieur. Introductions were made and glasses were poured.
Then these Christian tourists will reply, `Lord, when did we ever see you looking for bottles to turn into spare change and give ours to you? Or thirsty and share with you our best? When did we see you a stranger and invite you into our circle of friendship, or needing connection and connect with you? When did we ever see you when you thought you were invisible?'
And the Lord will tell them, `I assure you, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!'
Matthew 25:37-40 Gombojav Paraphrase