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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Eyes of Faith

"God is seen by those who have the capacity to see Him, provided that they keep the eyes of their mind open.
All have eyes, but some have eyes that are shrouded in darkness, unable to see the light of the sun.
Because the blind cannot see it, it does not follow that the sun does not shine.
The blind must trace the cause back to themselves and their eyes.
In the same way, you have eyes in your mind that are shrouded in darkness because of your sins and evil deeds."
(St. Theophilus of Antioch, Bishop)

There is no person, not even the greatest sinner or most insignificant vagabond, to whom God refuses to reveal Himself. By taking our nature, Jesus Christ exhibited the desire to be known by us, to be loved by us, to be understood by us, to empathize with us. He did not decide to remain a distant Mystery, but rather, He intimately connected His life with ours and called us brothers and sisters. God chooses to reveal Himself to us, to give Himself with us. Can there be any person who, full of faith, does not receive the touch of God?

God will not force Himself upon a heart that is closed to Him. He will not order a person to understand who has refused to be convinced. This is the gift God has given us: the choice to choose to know, love, and serve Him, or not. Thus, it is only through the eyes of faith, and belief in God's existence, that one can come to grasp the Mystery. One cannot expect to learn if they have not had the faith to ask God to teach them. One cannot expect to receive the grace of understanding if he has not first made a point of desiring this gift.

With the eyes of faith, we see things reason cannot understand on its own and come to understand it through belief. How could our poor minds, accustomed to human deception, come to realize the truth of Christ's words which teach of meekness and humility and goodness? How could our insincere hearts come to realize the depth and greatness of the love which caused Christ to suffer and die for us, and to give Himself to us who have sinned so often against Him? How could we ever understand the interwoven love of the Trinity which, in Its love, could not be one but must be three in one? And yet, once these are viewed with faith, the true goodness of these truths is opened up to us!

Indeed, the senses of our mind can grasp much more than is naturally available through the means of faith. Our ears, in faith, can listen to the Word of God and understand. We can hear the whisperings of God in our heart and receive the wisdom of the Divine Fountain. The senses of faith are spiritual faculties given us by the grace of God and we are taught how to use them by Christ, the perfection of humanity. Thus, through faith, our minds and hearts are opened to wisdom, love, and eternal life.

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