You are an icon of Jesus

“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.” (Andre Louf)

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The Holy Face
The Holy Face (James Tissot)

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.

One thought on “You are an icon of Jesus

  1. This reminds me of the Scripture I heard at Mass yesterday (the Feast of the Transfiguration): When Christ is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. (1 John 3:2) I looked at this in my Bible and found it underlined with a question mark next to it: I guess it has struck me before as amazing. Does this mean that when we see Jesus we will be transformed to his likeness? Kind of like Moses, when he spoke with God and his face radiated?

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