Finding God in Everyday Life...Finding God in Others
Our Lady of the Mountains parish
is one family fed by the Body
of Christ, the Eucharist.
Our mission is to become the image of God to one another through the practice of our faith and offering hospitality to all.
Please join us throughout September as together, we.....
Find God in Everyday Life
Seeing Christ in Others
No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and His love is brought to perfection in us.
—1 John 4:12
What do you see when you look into the eyes of the homeless woman pushing a cart down the sidewalk in front of you, the guy who cut you off in line at the grocery store, or the office colleague who just took credit for your hard work? Do you see someone to pity, to tolerate, to despise—or do you see the face of Christ?
If we’re honest, most of us would admit that seeing Christ in some of the people we meet in the course of a day is challenging, yet that is exactly what we are called to do by Jesus: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But He didn’t stop there. Jesus gave us an even more difficult teaching that goes hand-in-hand with the second part of the “greatest commandment.”
“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” He said, giving us a challenge that flies in the face of our human instinct. How can we learn to see Christ in the people who make our lives difficult in one way or another?
Even with the best of intentions, with prayer and grace and self-acceptance, it can still be hard to look at someone who is hurting us or someone on the margins and see Christ there. It requires a certain amount of detachment— to not take things personally, to forgive when we want justice to be served, to see past the exterior.
Becoming Jesus to others and seeing Jesus in others is a lifelong journey. But as long as we are always focused on the end goal and rooted in prayer, we will keep moving forward, however slowly, and in doing so we will transform our hearts, transform our lives, and transform our world.
All guests to the monastery should be welcomed as Christ, because He will say, “I was a stranger and you took me in.”
—Rule of St. Benedict, Chapter 53
Faith Formation starts Wednesday!
Lower Level of our Church
K-5th Grades 3:45 PM to 5:00 PM
6th-8th Grades 6:15 PM to 7:30 PM
Class leaders are needed.
Please call the parish office for more information. Thank you!
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Isn't is amazing to know that you are the Christ others see?
Today is a great day to see Christ in someone you know and....
someone you don't know.
on Monday, September 13 at 10:05AM