June 11, 2021

2 Corinthians 5:14-17

“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” vs. 17

We don’t see many stories of Jesus in the writings of Paul, and there’s a reason for that. He had never known Jesus of Nazareth–he only knew the risen Christ and believed that in Christ all had died and all had been raised. In his words, in Christ there had been a new creation and everyone was getting a fresh start. This conviction led him to view all people in light of their new status, he no longer saw them from a human point of view. What a difference it makes when we begin to see the people in our lives from this new perspective! Instead of seeing their parents in them, we see the Christ in them! We actually begin to see in them the DNA of the Divine Mystery! Granted, many times it’s hard to pull this off, especially when the persona they present to the world is one that revolts us. We might even think it impossible to see beyond the external flaws to the beautiful child of God within. But when we can close our senses to what is perceived, and be open to the beauty within, we’ll be amazed at the discoveries we’ll make. The caterpillar is already a butterfly–and we won’t even have to wait until people die to see it!

Thought for the Day: How do people see me, as a caterpillar or as a butterfly?

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