Grace to you!
If one were at liberty to compare the experience of divine glory with what we see and touch, one of the Seven Wonders of the World would do.
Imagine standing on the Desert View Watchtower adjacent to the Navajo Point in the Grand Canyon and overlooking the entire scenic view of the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. You observe the dazzling forms of the rocks with different shades of brilliant and beautiful colors, carved through erosion’s sheer force or by nature’s novelty thousands of years ago. So also, experiencing the sunset or sunrise of the Canyon from the vantage point of the Bright Angel and Hermit Trailheads. You can’t but pause and ponder. But these are in no way comparable to seeing Divine Glory.
To behold God is to behold glory. The Lord Jesus tells us that to have seen him is to have seen the Father also (Jn 14:9). A gaze of Jesus’s face is a glimpse of glory unseen.
This glory is way far more beautiful than what the eyes can see. Saint Paul was short of words when speaking about the glory of the Lord we shall experience in heaven. “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard” and what beats the [beautiful] imagination of the human mind (1 Cor 2:9).
Moses beheld the face of God (Ex 34:29-35). He beheld glory. When he did, his face dazzled as well, so much so the people saw in his face, the radiance of divine glory. This could be comparable to what happens when we are immersed in the contemplation of the Holy Face of Jesus as we gaze into God’s sanctuary—in our Catholic tradition, the tabernacle, especially the exposed Blessed Sacrament—seeing God’s power and glory (Ps 63:2).
Sometimes, the encounter leaves an impression on our faces too. Those impressions are indications of the inner peace, joy and happiness that fill the heart when we are in the presence of God.
A Catholic, who is a strong devotee of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, was asked, “How do you stay hours in the chapel before the Blessed Sacrament?”
His response was brilliant: “I kneel, seat, stand or prostrate, looking at Jesus and he, my lover, gazes back at me. Before I know what’s going on, hours have passed.” Beautiful!
Love the Lord and you will see that time spent with him in prayer passes like a vapor. In reality, those who gaze at the Holy Face of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, witness a unique experience of the glory to come. They feel heaven even now in the human temple as they kneel in the artificial human chapel. They witness heaven within the soul.
I’m praying for the grace of true devotion to Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Praying too that many will see the glory of the Lord. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Wednesday Week 17 Ordinary Time of the Year A: Ex 34:29-35; Mt 13:44-46]
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.