Thursday, July 26, 2007

This burden is light enough...

From today's Divine Office, in the fourth chapter of Second Corinthians, St Paul says:

We do not lose heart, because our inner being is renewed each day even though our body is being destroyed at the same time. The present burden of our trial is light enough, and earns for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. We do not fix our gaze on what is seen but on what is unseen. What is seen is transitory; what is unseen lasts forever.
St. Paul elsewhere tells us that Hope is not hope if its object is seen. St. Ambrose tells us that:
[Christ] is the eternal splendor enlightening our minds and hearts. He was sent by the Father to shine on us in the glory of his face, and so enable us to see what is eternal and heavenly, where before we were imprisoned in the darkness of this world.
It is the eyes of the heart which see (ie: know), and for this reason we repeat "we lift up our hearts to the Lord," for as St. John says, "this is eternal life, to know you, the one true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."

Open my eyes Lord, that I may see, the wonders of Your love.

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