INNER MIRROR

Clergy Corner by Fr. Ray Nacino

An interior decorator will always say if you want to create the illusion of more space, use mirrors; they will definitely open up the place.

 

A mirror doesn’t just make a room seem “roomier,” though it is one of the simplest yet most useful inventions in existence. It is used in cosmetics, in stores, in homes, in offices and so on.

 

But of course the most important function of a mirror is to show us what we look like. Can you imagine going through an entire day without even glancing at your   reflection?

 

But brothers and sisters, what we see in the mirror is only a shadow of the person we really are. For while  mirrors may reflect the shape of our face or the contours of our body, it cannot show us the state of our mind or spirit. It cannot depict what’s in our hearts – our desires, our fears, our beliefs – everything that makes us unique; different from everybody else.

 

In Scripture, St. James writes about how foolish it is for a person to look at the mirror and then forget what his/her face looks like (1:24). It may seem funny, but it can happen to us if were not careful.

 

If we do not make it a habit to pause, to pray, and look at our “inner mirror,” then we will soon forget who we really are. We may no longer know our weaknesses and strengths. We may no longer see our own value; our own worth. We may no longer recognize the person whom our Lord sees - the person He loves. And thus, God wants us to be someone who mirrors Him.

 

There’s more to us than faces. The Lord loves us, and it is a relief to know that while He sees so much more than what the mirror shows, He also sees beyond our other images. He sees Himself in us.

 

So next time we look in the mirror, just remember, you are loved immensely, unconditionally and perfectly. And we hope, we will learn to love what we see.

 

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