Acts 8:5-8, 14-17
1 Pt 3:15-18
The Face in the Mirror
As I thought about the readings for the Sunday of April 27th, the gospel stirred up in me a surprising smile. How many times have you heard others, or perhaps have said to yourself, “I couldn’t believe it, I looked in the mirror today and I saw my Mom/my Dad starring back at me! When did that happened?”
Often time this comment sets the speaker on a discourse about growing older and when did their parent start showing up in the mirror? Sometimes a friend or family member will say to us, you sound just like your __________ fill in the blank. Personally I don’t see my parents in my physical looks, but I have heard my mom’s words or laugh roll out of my mouth. Again depending on our comfort with ourselves or our family member we will greet these appearances in different ways.
In the gospel from April 27th Jesus is trying to give his disciples clues on what to look for after He leaves them to return to His Father.
“But you know him, because he remains with you,
and will be in you.
I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
In a little while the world will no longer see me,
but you will see me, because I live and you will live.
On that day you will realize that I am in my Father
and you are in me and I in you.
Whoever has my commandments and observes them
is the one who loves me.
And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”
Imagine what it must have been like for those disciples to encounter the Risen One in the actions and words that followed the coming of the Spirit! Imagine what our potential is with that same spirit to become the Face of the Living God! Just imagine looking into the mirror tomorrow and seeing the face of Christ looking back at you! Just imagine…