Reflection 196: Loving Jesus in Others


We are quite familiar with the Gospel passage, “Whatever you do to the least of my brothers, you do unto me” (Matthew 25:40).  But do you believe this?  If you do, then you will discover that loving Jesus is easy and that you have an opportunity to do so all day long, every time you encounter another.  It may be through a kind smile or word.  It may be through an act of generosity, forgiveness or service.  But whatever you do to another in love, you do to Jesus.  This is true.  And it’s also true that when we treat another with harshness or a lack of Mercy we wound the Heart of our Lord.  This basic truth is easily understood as a concept in our minds, but not so easily understood through our actions.  It can be hard to actually see Jesus in another and to believe that we are loving our Lord by our service of them.  But just because it’s hard to believe doesn’t mean we should not believe it and live it (See Diary #1029).

Think of the people that you encounter daily.  When you look at them, do you see their presence as an invitation to love our Lord?  Is it hard to do this?  We must believe that Jesus is there, hidden within them, waiting to be loved.  Reflect upon your hidden Lord waiting for you in the persons you encounter this day.  Do not hesitate to love our Lord through them.  For in them, the font of Divine Mercy waits to be opened.

Lord, You desire that I show an abundance of Mercy to those I encounter every day.  Give me the grace to see You in them and to love You in each and every person I encounter.  May I have the eyes to see You, dear Lord, and as I discover You in others, help me to open my heart to them, loving them with the Mercy You give to me.  Jesus, I trust in You.

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