In the Bridges to Contemplative Living devotional I have been reading Thomas Merton warns, “We should not be too sure of having found Christ in ourselves until we have found him also in the part of humanity that is most remote from our own” (p. 31). I am not sure if I completely understand this statement, but I believe Merton is trying to tell us that when Christ is truly inside of us, we are able to recognize Christ in others even if they have different skin color, race, ethnicity, linguistics, attitude, and maybe even theology.
(When we find Christ in our self well it allows us to find Christ in others who are going through tough times but who do not know Him yet.)
When others who are going through tough times we (as Christians who truly have Christ inside of us) are able to be hospitable to them and offer healing by showing them who Christ is. Henri Nouwen explains in his book, Reaching Out that “healing means. . . . the creation of an empty but friendly space where those who suffer can tell their story to someone who can listen with real attention” (p. 95).
Question: What do you do or who do you look to in order to find yourself?