Has anyone ever said to you, “When I see you, I see Jesus?” Recently, at a Bible study that I am facilitating for women, that was a question posed by Father Larry Richards in one of the lessons. When people see you do they see Christ? Are you living your life in such a way that people see Christ first?
In his book, Surrender! The Life-Changing Power Of Doing God’s Will, Father Larry tells the story of an American man captured in WWII and thrown into a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp. The American was treated badly but not as badly as a Japanese man who had also been captured for helping the Americans, and thrown into the same prison cell. The captors relentlessly tortured the Japanese man every day and would throw him back into the cell with the American when they were done with him. Everyday the American would be given food but his cell mate would receive nothing to eat. Everyday the American would take pity on the man and give him his own food and take care of the wounds inflicted upon the body of the Japanese man as best he could given their dire circumstances.
One day, the captors had tortured the Japanese man so badly that when they threw him back into the cell, the
American sensed the man was not going to live very long. So, he knelt down beside him and said, “You know, you’re going to probably die tonight. But you don’t have to be afraid. If you just give your life to Jesus you will live forever.” His reply, “If this Jesus is anything like you, I can’t wait to meet him.”
Father Larry asks this question to us, Would your husband say the same thing about you? Would your wife say the same thing about you? How about your children, would they say that about you? What of your family members? Co-Workers?
If we are to be the face of Christ in this world, we have to first know Christ and we can only know him by reading Scripture and through prayer. We also have to become Christ. We become Him when we receive Him in the Eucharist, body, blood, soul, and divinity. As Father Larry re-iterated in his book, “We are what we eat.” We have to do everything possible to be daily Mass goers not just weekly Mass goers. We must make time for Jesus in Adoration. These are the ways we will know Him and become the face of Christ.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works
and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16