Thursday of the Twenty-fifth week in Ordinary Time
Herod kept trying to see Jesus
The prophets indicated beforehand that God should be seen by us, as the Lord also says: "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God" (Mt 5,8). But in respect to his greatness, and his wonderful glory: "no one shall see God and live" (Ex 33,20), for the Father is incomprehensible. But in regard to his love and kindness, and as to his infinite power, he grants even this to those who love him, namely, to see God - which the prophets also predicted. "For those things that are impossible to us are possible with God" (Lk 18,27).
For we do not see God by our own powers; but when God pleases he will be seen by those whom he wills, and when he wills, and as he wills. For God is powerful in all things. Indeed, having been seen formerly according to prophecy through the mediation of the Spirit, and seen, too, adoptively through the Son, he shall also be seen paternally in the kingdom of heaven, the Spirit truly preparing us beforehand for the Son of God, and the Son leading us to the Father, while the Father, too, confers incorruption upon us for eternal life, which comes to everyone from the fact of seeing God. For as those who see the light are within the light and partake of its brilliancy, so those who see God are in God and receive of his splendor. But his splendor is vivifying. Therefore those who see God participate in his life.
Saint Irenaeus of Lyons