Sunday, November 16, 2014

Seeing God ... and seeing anyone at all

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. - Jesus

The most beautiful of all blessings is reserved for the pure in heart: seeing God.

Here, among all the blessings that Jesus proclaims, is one blessing that I do not think could possibly be any other way. If we are small and self-centered, we don't even see the people around us, not really. If our lives are all about ourselves, then it's not just the words of God that we don't hear, but even the words of the person talking to us. "He who has ears, let him hear" could be a fair warning whenever anyone is talking to us. Whenever we are self-centered, we do not see our neighbor, we do not hear our own family, we do not notice the person sitting next to us. The beginning of a pure heart is to love our neighbor. The stronger we become in love, the more we are able to see what is around us -- to see who is around us. (There are ways in which love is blind, but hatred is much blinder. And indifference is nearly defined by willful blindness.)

As for seeing God: God's presence is all around us, but when we become impatient or frustrated we do not see it. It is in our quieter and kinder moments that we notice it. Even in this world, the pure in heart see more.

And in the world to come ...


Martin LaBar said...

Thanks for that reminder.

Howard said...

"It is a serious thing to live in a world of possible 'gods' and goddesses' - to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature, which, you might be tempted to worship. There are no 'ordinary' people. You never talked to a 'mere' mortal. Nations, culture, art, civilizations may all appear and vanish, but it is those (made in the image of God) with whom we joke, marry and work. Immortal horrors or everlasting splendors are truly at stake... Next to Word and Sacrament, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to our senses". C S Lewis. The Weight of Glory.

Weekend Fisher said...

Thank you both for the encouragement.

Howard - I do love that passage from Lewis. Thank you for taking the time to post it.

Take care & God bless
Anne / WF