ACIM Workbook Lesson 269 – for Monday, September 26, 2011
Affirmation: “My sight goes forth to look upon Christ’s face.”
“I ask Your blessing on my sight today. It is the means which You have chosen to become the way to show me my mistakes, and look beyond them. It is given me to find a new perception through the Guide You gave to me, and through His lessons to surpass perception and return to truth. I ask for the illusion which transcends all those I made. Today I choose to see a world forgiven, in which everyone shows me the face of Christ, and teaches me that what I look upon belongs to me; that nothing is, except Your holy Son. (WB430)”
1 – The Miracle of Seeing the Face of Christ
This prayer says directly that we are to see the face of Christ in all of our brothers and sisters: “a world forgiven, in which everyone shows me the face of Christ.” This is a miraculous occurrence, and because it is perceptual, it will not last (a Text tenet). But the miracle can recur, and even if it does not, and we see the face of Christ only once or, at most, a few times, we will be blessed by the miracle. Mother Teresa saw the face of Christ in the people whom she tended, “Christ in all his distressing disguises,” she said.
2 – A Personal Experience
I once did have this experience. It did not last, and has not recurred, but it was a transformative experience of my early twenties. A decade and more later on, a friend who was quite “religious,” but not a student of A Course in Miracles, told me that she thought we were meant to see the face of Christ in everyone. By that time, I had discovered ACIM, and I had I found the same sentiment as expressed by Jesus. Once we have experienced this miracle, we will not look upon others in quite the same way. We will know that, even if we are not seeing Christ’s face currently, it is there for our cleansed eyes to see. And we will be blessed by the memory of what we have once experienced.
3 – We Must Forgive to See Christ’s Face
Jesus says that our forgiveness is a prerequisite to seeing the face of Christ in others. One of the faces of a friend, in which I perceived a Christ likeness, was one whom I had forgiven fully for past perceived injustices. Others, at nearly the same time, were strangers to me. But I certainly held no animosity toward them, and I believe that it might be said that I was in a state of total acceptance and forgiveness of them. May we experience the face of Christ over and over, and may we be blessed by the miracle.
I would see the face of Christ in everyone I see today. I know that to do so, I must hold no unforgiveness in my heart. Help me to love today, totally and completely. Help me to pray for those who seem to be estranged from me. I wish all well. I do not know what may be prompting the estrangement, but I would pray for its healing.
May the face of Christ give me healing today, for I need it also. Be with me, through thick and thin, and lead me back home to You. Thank You.