“Does one whose vision has already glimpsed the face of Christ look back with longing on a slaughter house? No one who has escaped the world and all its ills looks back on it with condemnation. (M-13.4)”
Affirmation: “I would see Christ today.”
1 – Vivid Language
With particular vivid language, this passage shows some of the negative view of our world as we live it. But not with condemnation. Jesus is compassionate always, and here he is expressing concern but not negativism. He is telling it like it is.
2 – Awakening
We will escape the world when we have experienced Awakening, even though we may still be living in this world. When material things no longer beckon us, as the ego wishes, we will be a long way toward home in God.
3 – Meaning of Glimpsing the Face of Christ
We need to understand glimpsing the “face of Christ.” It is said elsewhere in ACIM that Jesus saw the face of Christ in all his brothers (and sisters, because the word “brother” includes women and is coming from the sixties, when ACIM was channeled) and remembered God. We may find this miracle happening sooner rather than later, but only, perhaps, as a glimpse. The insight will not last, for miracles are perceptual, and therefore do not last (a Text tenet). When we experience this miracle more often and for longer periods of time, I would believe that we are inching closer to Awakening (Enlightenment).
4 – See This World with Clear Eyes
We do live in a “slaughter house.” But we do not often realize this, for we have become accustomed to the maiming and killing. We need, perhaps, to see the world with clear eyes so that we will be ever more motivated to leave–not through death, but through a higher vision.
I would choose to look on all my brothers and sisters today while seeking to glimpse the face of Christ in them. I remember a friend once saying to me that we are meant to see the fact of Christ in everyone. Certainly Jesus has this view as well. May I too come to have this view, this understanding.
Be with me as I go through the day. Help me not to take offense at anything that might happen. Help me to live Your way.
Be with my brothers and sisters, especially those who are struggling today. The struggle is temporary, for A Course in Miracles notes that the solution is always with the problem. But we don’t have see this, and so the solution eludes us. May the solution of any thorny problems that others and I have today appear right away. I do know that this is Your way.
Thank You for bringing me this far through this world. And may I give something back to everyone with whom I form a bond of any nature.