A reflection is often something familiar, something safe. Unless you have managed to actively avoid mirrors (a difficult task in modern society) and although you may not be happy with what you see, there is a certain comfort to knowing yourself. We look for those reflections in our society too. Not people who necessarily look like us but people who share the same ideals, dreams or opinions. Not your identical but a reflection of yourself.
“He said also to the one who had invited him, ‘When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbours, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.’” (Luke 14:12-14).
I have heard this passage multiple times this week and it has taken a while to get around to putting my thoughts into words. This was not necessarily because I find the passage particularly challenging, it was Jesus who spoke after all and therefore I should expect it to challenge me, but more because I was not sure what it means.
I recognise the basic understanding. When I have a banquet the people I should invite are the margins of society for there is no way for them to repay me in the same way, which is the point, to have a banquet and not to expect anything in return. But then what does this mean for wellness? How do I welcome those who make me uncomfortable?
Our communities are woven together with unique people. No two reflections are identical and each have something to offer. I need to take the time to see those in my communities that do not just reflect me but also challenge me. Our wellness is a complex thing, from physical wellness to financial, there is nothing that does not affect us. As a community we have so much to learn from each other. As a community we need to work together to make ourselves well.
The photo I have selected above as my feature image is a picture of the coffee bean from Chicago. An iconic image that we could not pass up on the opportunity to see. The beauty of this piece is that your reflection did not always end up where you expected it to be. I could be looking directly at the piece but my reflection was somewhere else, somewhere I could not see because I was blind, I refused to see further than where I expected.
Reflections change and come up in places we do not expect them and it is time to reflect on what this means for us.