I watched a video recently that shows the footballer Cristiano Ronaldo in disguise as someone who is homeless. He kicks a ball around fairly skillfully in Madrid city centre but he is largely ignored, but then when he reveals who he is the crowd flocks to him.
You can watch the video here, I’ve set it to start most of the way through so you don’t have to watch it all unless you want to.
The video is a powerful commentary on our obsession with celebrity and I found it really sad the way that this man who appeared down and out was completely devalued by passers by despite his clear skill. He is largely ignored until a young boy has a kick about with him.
What causes us to value people?
The people flock to Ronaldo when they realize who he is. The crowd were in his presence the whole time but they didn’t recognize him and they were dismissive of his talent. Watching the video reminded me that Jesus is God (but I am definitely not comparing Ronaldo with Jesus) who came amongst us as a human. Jesus’ entry into the world is known as the incarnation and it is one of the greatest events in human history.
The Pharisees and the other religious leaders discounted and dismissed Jesus because he didn’t seem to fit their expectations of a Messiah. Although Jesus has ascended back to heaven, he is still at work in the world today.
Do we discount and dismiss Jesus because we don’t recognize his presence and work?
May we value people more no matter who they are and may we believe that Jesus, the King of Kings is at work even when it doesn’t appear that he is.