“Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.”
Today’s responsorial Psalm (Ps. 80) says a lot in a few words. Our deepest inner desire is to see the face of God. It’s called the “beatific vision”. It’s also called “heaven”. From the day we’re born until the day we die, all of our actions should be directed toward seeing the face of God. The famous author, Father Thomas Merton, wrote that God never reveals Himself to us in His entirety. But He does give us brief glimpses of what He might be like; just enough to whet our appetites.
Majestic mountains, the endless sea, a beautiful sunset, or the magnificent night sky on a clear night give us some sense of God’s awesomeness. On the other hand, a tiny baby, so small and helpless, gives us a hint of the wonder of God. Such a small creature has all the potential in the world within its tiny mind and body. I can’t imagine anyone who’s experienced the miracle of birth actually not believing in God.
Our faith tells us that God sent His Son to earth, not as a mighty king, but as a little baby, born of a virgin, in a cattle stall. To think that the Creator of the Universe could inhabit such a small body is almost beyond our comprehension. But that’s what He did and we’re preparing to celebrate that event on December 25.
Try to imagine the potential that exists within yourself. How do we prepare to see the face of God? We begin by asking Him to show us what we must do to be the best that we can be. There’s a reason why He created each of us as unique individuals. There has never been another person exactly like you or me and there will never be again. We exist to make the most out of the person God created us to be.