Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

July 12, 2012

Michael Bahl

Junior, Theology and Classical & Near Eastern Civilizations Majors

Hos 11:1-4, 8e-9
Ps 80:2ac+3b, 15-16
Matt 10:7-15

“Let us see your face, Lord, and we shall be saved.” -Psalm 80: 4

What does it mean to gaze upon the face of God? In today’s Psalm, we say together: “Let us see your face, Lord, and we shall be saved.” To gaze upon one’s face is to see him or her as a person, with whom a personal relationship is possible. As such, to gaze upon the face of God is, in many ways, to recognize the powerful and personal relationship that we have with him. Oh, how often we forget the strength that comes from looking another in the eyes! When we have a conversation with someone, do we not look her in the eyes as we address her? Or, are we merely calling out towards one who is walking away from us, hoping to grab her attention?

The most powerful conversations are the ones in which both conversationalists are fully engaged, listening to and looking at and into the other as they speak. If they are having a conversation on the phone, they are listening at a distance, but looking at and into their friend from within themselves. In looking in, they are looking out. The same comes with a conversation with God –in looking in, we look out and up. To gaze upon the face of God is to recognize his presence deep within our own being, and to feel the personal relationship that has always existed with him. There is a bright light deep within that reaches out and caresses the soul, warming and shaping it until it can gaze forever upon what gave it life and love, gently pulling away the insurmountable mountains we have made so that they no longer block the sunrise. Then, when every barrier we have made is gone, we may see his face, and know that we are saved.

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