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Seeing Jesus at OCP
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. The Lord has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)
“As they came near the village…he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.” Luke 24:28-31
When people ask me what it means for OCP to be a Christian organization, I tell them that we are trying to live out Jesus’ love, welcome, and compassion towards people experiencing marginalization. The two passages from the Gospel of Luke I quote above are foundational to my own faith, and to my personal understanding of my work as an OCP staff member. In the first, Jesus is proclaiming the new, right-side-up world breaking out in the midst of a world weighed down with poverty, oppression, and sickness. In the second we have a story of how the disciples recognized the face of Jesus when they welcomed him to the table of hospitality.
You don’t have to be a Christian to be welcome at OCP, and our goal isn’t to convert anyone. Rather, our goal is to have our eyes opened to see the image of God, or our Higher Power, in ourselves and in each other whenever we do the work of community together. Our life centers around food, and always has: we’re pretty good at cooking! But the table where we break bread is a metaphor for the larger work of liberation, release, and healing. Our community members experience poverty and marginalization for lots of reasons, but when you come to OCP our deepest hope is that you will walk out at the end of the day knowing that your life matters, that you are beautiful, you are seen, and you are loved.
So whether you celebrate Christmas, a different holiday, or no holiday this time of year, remember that you, too, have a part to play in making our world more peaceful and just, and you are always welcome to be a part of our experiment with love here at OCP.
Interim Executive Director