I know what some of you are thinking, and you're right. I shouldn't worry about feelings. Love is not a mere feeling. It is an attitude and a way of life. It is sacrifice and persevering devotion, faithfulness and forgiveness, especially when things are hardest. It's trusting God when all seems hopeless, honoring commitments, and putting others before ourselves.
But the idea hadn't really taken hold of me in the same way it has since that day at Mass. I know now that "seeing" the face of God in others means reaching out to each other with an awareness of His presence, thereby loving God more intimately and personally through the bonds of human affection. It's not a special sight, or a mystical gift. It's something we can choose to do in every human interaction.
And as we seek the Christ child this Christmas, we have the chance to fill empty mangers all around us with the warming love of Our Lord, through a simple and tender awareness of the presence of God in the human being right there in front of us.