Lifeline Tarrant County


What May Have Been
(A Modern Day Parable of Jesus)

By David Martin, Director of Spiritual Care
Lifeline Tarrant County

He was unremarkable, neither tall nor stout, but solid of build. Dark hair covered the head, and the beard lay trimmed in the custom of the day. Plain clothes flowed about the legs as he moved down the dusty street. His posture was poised, but his gait belied intention. Several days earlier, the Teacher had passed the pool of Siloam, where lay many sick. His disciples had hurried him along without stopping. This evening, he returned without the crowds, in quiet determination.

As he moved among them, the smells of the sick mingled with animals from a nearby market. Pigeon and dove cooed their songs to one another, even as the moans of the sick rose into the cool night. Most gave the ill and lame wide berth, but not so with Jesus. He knelt, touching some, conversing with others. For those suffering intense pain, the Master sat down and listened, carrying his labors far into the night. Some he brought water. Occasionally, he would quote from the Torah, comforting to the hearers. Then, as quickly as he had come, he was gone.

What Did Indeed Happen

The next day, he rose and spoke these words, “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25.

The Mission of Jesus

Lifeline Chaplaincy is a quiet ministry. Yet, in the whispered hushes of a hospital room, eternity breaks into the temporal and the spiritual invades the physical. In prayer, a bond is created, and the words of Jesus are fulfilled. “Visit the sick.” He did so himself.

Lifeline Chaplaincy visits the sick because Jesus said that’s what makes us unique. We visit. We listen. We comfort. We weep. We pray.

“I was sick…and you visited me.”

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