A while back, I wrote a post called “Grandma’s Loving Look.” Yesterday, I attended a talk by Sr. Tracey Dugas, FSP, a Daughter of St. Paul. Sister told a story that really brought home the power of a loving look.
She said her brother and his wife just had their first baby, little Joseph. Baby Joseph, Sister said, does three things: he poops, he eats, he sleeps. “He doesn’t know his worth from what he’s achieved, because he hasn’t done anything yet.”
But Baby Joseph does know his worth. How? He sees it reflected in the eyes of his mother and father. He is a human being and that beautiful, unique being is adored by the parents and the baby knows it because it’s what he was born for.
My husband, Fred, smiled at a baby yesterday and the baby gave him a big grin back. Love recognizing love: the glue that holds the universe together, the bond between the Persons of the Trinity, and the connection without which we can’t survive.
Sister Tracey added that a look that recognizes someone’s worth and dignity is more important than we think. How? Because the “look of recognition” we give to someone we pass on the sidewalk or someone we sit next to on a bus may be the only reflection of God’s love that they have seen in a while.
And we charge our batteries with this love by receiving Jesus’s loving look “eye-to-eye” in adoration. What a joy to spend our spiritual wealth by passing on this affirming look to those God puts in our path.