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Contemplate the Face of Jesus and then Show Him to the World

As my wife and I were reading from Pope St. John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter: Novo Millenio Inuente this week I was struck by his exhortation to contemplate the face of Christ:

"We wish to see Jesus" (Jn 12:21). This request, addressed to the Apostle Philip by some Greeks who had made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem for the Passover, echoes spiritually in our ears too.

Early this week we celebrated the life of St. Joseph who was able to contemplate in person the face of Jesus Christ as a child, growing boy and maybe even young adult to adult. St. Joseph was well know for the great quote:  ummm, o yeah, we don’t have any words from him! What a great witness of life- we know of his virtue, fidelity and holy life not from words but from his actions and response to God’s call!

Pope St. John Paul II’s continued in his Apostolic Letter:

the men and women of our own day — often perhaps unconsciously — ask believers not only to "speak" of Christ, but in a certain sense to "show" him to them. And is it not the Church's task to reflect the light of Christ in every historical period, to make his face shine also before the generations?

 

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