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"The babe leaped in her womb" (Luke 1:41) is a verse that I frequently prayerfully meditate on. John the Baptist leaped in Elizabeth’s womb when he encountered Christ veiled in the womb of the Blessed Mother. I prayerfully mediate on my struggle to see Christ in all who I encounter. It is not easy to see Christ in those who cause discomfort in my life. But, they are ones who bring opportunities to encounter and to be comforted by Christ.
Initially, encounters with Christ may not be comforting. To approach Christ we must acknowledge our sinfulness and surrender self to follow Him.
It is difficult to see Christ in those who make us face our prideful, self-centeredness. But, is it not Christ who scatters “the proud in the imagination of their hearts” (Luke 1:51)? Is it not also Christ who will “put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree” and who will “filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away” (Luke 1:52-53)?
Christ is present in those who challenge us to step outside of prideful, self-centeredness, to extend mercy to those in need; to think of another instead of self; to be humble and meek and not prideful when dealing with others; and to share what has been freely given with others. Oh, the number of opportunities lost each day to encounter Christ!
Michael originally posted this at his blog To Love and Truth.