Monday, May 2, 2011

Seeing Jesus In Others

I was once asked what I meant in an older blog titled "Important Questions Jesus Asked About Himself." Specifically the ending question you should ask yourself regarding your spouse or spouse-to-be of: "Do you see Jesus in them?"

I felt like this deserved its own blog as it needs to be explained. In essence, as Christians, we are supposed to love others as thyself:

Mark 12:31: The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.

If we cannot see Jesus in someone, we probably are going to be emotionally detached from them and not able to love them very well.

In a prayer written by Mother Teresa, I found an excerpt from that prayer to be very fitting here in the grand scheme of seeing Jesus in everybody:

Jesus is the Hungry - to be fed.
Jesus is the Thirsty - to be satiated.
Jesus is the Naked - to be clothed.
Jesus is the Homeless - to be taken in.
Jesus is the Sick - to be healed.
Jesus is the Lonely - to be loved.
Jesus is the Unwanted - to be wanted.
Jesus is the Leper - to wash his wounds.
Jesus is the Beggar - to give him a smile.
Jesus is the Drunkard - to listen to him.
Jesus is the Little One - to embrace him.
Jesus is the Dumb - to speak to him.
Jesus is the Crippled - to walk with him.
Jesus is the Drug Addict - to befriend him.
Jesus is the Prostitute - to remove from danger & befriend her.
Jesus is the Prisoner - to be visited.
Jesus is the Old - to be served.

As Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said, “How can you love the one you cannot see, if you don’t love the one you can see?”

As a Christian when we go out into the world, there is an old saying that is appropriate here:

"You may be the only bible someone ever reads."

You may also be the only way someone will ever see Jesus. You may be the only one to show them true love, forgiveness and hope in a world consumed with self and oblivious to sin.

Love starts with loving God and then loving those closest to us. You can see Jesus in anyone. But to others, seeing Jesus in you is the love necessary to transform the world.

Peace be with you,

© Michael J. Cox

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