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I See Christ in You

March 4, 2016

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I wrote this poem for a loved one. I tried to express my compassion and understanding for the difficult time and circumstances he experienced. Yet, when all was said and done, it was his demeanor and Christ-like behavior that buoyed my spirits and truly helped me to see Christ in him; to fully understand the hope found in the Beatitudes.

This poem was first published at Catholicmom.com on March 4, 2016.

 

 

 

I See Christ in You

 

When others demand that you act a certain way,

And do certain things the way they prefer,

And you follow your conscience and act in Godly ways,

I see your poverty of spirit.

I see Christ in you.

 

When you lament about the good old days,

When people were kind, gracious, and caring,

Because today all you see is mean-spiritedness,

I see you mourn.

I see Christ in you.

 

When you are barraged with criticism,

And never receive appreciation for your talents,

Yet refuse to defend yourself because it would do no good,

I see your strength to be meek.

I see Christ in you.

 

When you are belittled for trying to do the right thing,

For caring too much about how what you do impacts others,

And you do the right thing anyway,

I see your hunger and thirst for righteousness.

I see Christ in you.

 

When you pray for those who hurt you mercilessly,

Who care only about themselves,

And don’t care for you at all,

I see that you are merciful.

I see Christ in you.

 

When you try to do your best,

For the glory of God, giving all credit to him for your talents,

Keeping His will at the forefront of all you do,

I see your humility.

I see Christ in you.

 

When you try to make peace,

And those in power seek war,

So that they get what they want from this earthly life,

I see a peacemaker in you.

I see Christ in you.

 

When you are persecuted for your behavior,

Because you shine the light of Christ,

And evil cannot hide from such a light,

I see your persecution and weep.

I see Christ in you.

 

Copyright 2016 Virginia Lieto

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