Thought of the day
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thursday of the Twenty-fifth week in Ordinary Time

Like Herod, we wish to see Jesus

Saint Peter Chrysologus (c.406-450), Bishop of Ravenna, Doctor of the Church 
Sermon 147; PL 52, 594-596
Like Herod, we wish to see Jesus

Love cannot accept not being able to see what it loves. Isn’t it true of all the saints that they gave little value to all they achieved so long as they could not see God?… Thus it was that Moses dared to say: “If I have found favour with you; do let me see your face” (cf. Ex 33,13.18). And the psalmist said: “Show us your face” (Ps 79[80],4). Isn’t this the reason why the pagans made idols for themselves? In the midst of error they saw with their eyes what they worshipped.

God knew mortals, then, to be tormented by the longing to see him. What he chose to make himself manifest was great upon earth and not the least in heaven. For that which God made like himself upon earth could not remain without honour in heaven: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness,” he said (Gen 1,26)… Let no one think, then, that God was mistaken in coming to men through a man. He took flesh among us that he might be seen by us.
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