Many of our sisters work with the poor and the marginalized. Often I hear one or the other of them talking about seeing Jesus “in the distressing disguise of the poor” (Mother Teresa). This morning I was reading a chapter from Andre Louf’s book, Mercy in Weakness, and came across this: “Nothing more closely resembles the face of Jesus and of God than the face of a human being, from the most famous to the most miserable.” As I pondered that sentence, I began to think about how, at the same time as looking for the face of Jesus in others, we need to look for His face in ourselves. You are I are each an icon of Christ. As I continued to read the chapter, I came across these confirming words:
The Holy Spirit, from the moment of our baptism, day after day, resculpts in our heart the features of Jesus’ face, not only his physical face but also his ‘spiritual’ face. Every believer bears the glorious features of Jesus’ face, the holy face of our beloved Saviour, as though it were engraved in his or her heart, usually–sadly enough–without knowing it.
As we strive to see Christ in others, let’s not miss His beauty in us. You are an icon of Christ.