Today, as I was sitting waiting for Mass to start, I was looking at my fellow parishioners, and asked the Lord to help me find the best in people.
As soon as I asked the question, I heard the words, “See ME.” Wow, the Lord actually told me to see him in each and every person that I come across.
Immediately, the commercial that is selling a prescription drug for a skin condition jumped into my thoughts. The tagline is “see ME”… instead of “see my skin issue.”
Aren’t we all internally desiring for our loved ones, friends, acquaintances, and co-workers to see who we REALLY are inside? Don’t we wish for them to overlook our imperfections, sins, issues, or flaws, and see what lies deep in our hearts? Sometimes, we don’t even know who we truly are, and can not comprehend the goodness or beauty that lies within us.
Actually, that goodness that resides in our hearts (sometimes hidden to us and others) is not us at all…it is the Holy Spirit. It is Jesus that pulsates in our hearts, filling us with his presence, mercy, and love… whether or not we actually feel it ourselves.
Today, I was reminded again, to see Jesus in each person that I meet in my day. To look past the “warts”…the flaws… and to focus on the Jesus that resides inside that person. To look into each pair of eyes lovingly, with the intention of drawing out the goodness. Not to focus and judge surface appearance or behavior, but to attempt to learn their story and what needs they may have, offering support and validation.
When we can learn to do that, we will be true vessels for the Lord to work through. Touching those in need (and we ALL are in need) with the love, mercy, and forgiveness of Jesus.
As each heart is opened to the Truth of who lives inside, one by one…heart by heart…the world will be illuminated and changed.
Sometimes, a person needs to know that “somebody loves me” before accepting that “Jesus loves Me.” Let’s be “that somebody” that allows the love of Jesus to flow through us.
Dear Jesus, I ask that you fill my heart with your presence and love, and help me to look past all that is clouded by the darkness of sin, and focus on the Truth. That only You are the way, the truth and the life, and that you can be found in every human being. Please open our hearts and minds to the knowledge that all we need to do is accept and believe in your saving love and grace!
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me. John 14:6
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? 1 Corinthians 6:19
Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8