At some point in our lives, we have all been rejected for some reason or another. Rejected from a relationship, a team, a school, a job. We may have felt the same anger and frustration that James and John experienced when Jesus and his followers were not welcomed into the village. The Samaritans did not welcome them because of their heritage as Jews journeying to Jerusalem–their spiritual home. James and John want justice to be served for the lack of hospitality.

Sometimes, we expect a warm welcome, or for our words to be heard well. Sometimes we deny entry to those who can help us. Sometimes we refuse those who need food or a place to rest. Thankfully Jesus does not condemn; he continues his work of saving us.

Jesus, help me to welcome you into my life, especially when you disguise yourself in those around me.

—Michael Tedone, S.J., a Jesuit of the California Province, is studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.