Friday, August 17, 2007

Touching God

The unseen God, being spirit, remains unseen and untouched by human eyes and hands, while God incarnate, Jesus, has made him known, seen, and touched. We remember the touching scene:

20:27. Then he said to Thomas: Put in thy finger hither and
see my hands. And bring hither the hand and put it into my
side. And be not faithless, but believing.

20:28. Thomas answered and said to him: My Lord and my God.

20:29. Jesus saith to him: Because thou hast seen me,
Thomas, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not
seen and have believed.

In this life, the only opportunity we have to touch God corporally is the Holy Sacrament of the Altar, do we touch as Thomas did, touching the ordinary appearance, proclaiming the Divinity, like Thomas?

Did He do this so that we, to whom touch is such a part of a relationship, would behold that which we could not hold? Must He say to us, like the Magdalen that early morning, do not touch me? For when we lift up our hearts to the Lord, the heart, seat of understanding and reason, we remember that He said I am the way, the truth, and the life. Perhaps you have heard it argued that it is not important what particulars of belief we hold, but that we have a personal relationship with the Lord. Can you have a relationship without some level of 'touching?' The relationship of Jesus and Church is symbolized in marriage, but we all know that the closest relationships of friendship involve a touching of hearts, and that communion of hearts, to borrow the old expression, "to know you is to love you." Why learn doctrine, dogma? Because "to know you is to love you." Knowledge, a gift of the Holy Spirit, is not a lifeless thing, no; it is to "touch God" at the level of the spiritual faculties of the soul, for to have the knowledge that is true is to touch Truth, and understanding, the companion gift of the Holy Spirit, is to embrace Truth.

bit of an incoherent ramble here, but that's the hammer that came down, so there it is; May the Lord bless your weekend.

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