He is in the pain. He is in the need.
He is in the poor that we are told to feed.
Though he was rich, for us he became poor.
How could he give so much? What was it for?
In his distressing disguise he waits for us to surmise
That we rob our brother by all that we own;
And that's not he way he has shown.
He is in the hand that reaches out to give.
He is in the touch that causes men to live.
So speak with your life now as well as your tongue;
Shelter the homeless, take care of the young.
In his distressing disguise he hopes that we'll realize
That when we take care of the poorest of them
We've really done it to him.
Every time a faithful servant serves a brother who's in need,
What happens at that moment is a miracle indeed;
As they look to one another, in an instant it is clear:
Only Jesus is visible, for they both disappear.
Mother Teresa said that when we help the poor, we are really helping Jesus "in his distressing disguise." This is because Jesus said that if we helped the least of his brothers, we were really helping HIM (Matthew 25).