March 23, 2015: That The Glory of God Is Manifested

~by Susi Pittman

A recent reading of the Gospel at Mass opened my heart to a more profound appreciation for the message it contained.

Jesus and his disciples have come upon a man who has been blind since birth and one of his disciples asks him, Rabbi, who has sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind? To which Our Lord replies, Neither has this man sinned, nor his parents, but the works of God were to be made manifest in him. (John 9:1-3)

In Jewish tradition, the sins of the parents could be visited upon their children. In the case above, Jesus makes it clear that the man’s blindness was permitted through natural and not unusual cause. And, that His divine power would be manifested, God would be glorified.

Jesus explains himself a little further to his disciples as he says, I must do the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. (John 9:4-5)

Today, as we live and “see” the world with eyes of faith, how much of what we can see do we acknowledge as “glorifying” God?

Every day, the natural realm opens my eyes to the Glory of God! How can any one of us who looks at a beautiful sky, admires a pastoral landscape, focuses on a beautiful flower, and sees the splendor of a tranquil seashore NOT see creation “glorifying” God?

Thus my stance that creation and its creatures are hard-wired to do exactly this. It all is a reflection of God’s love, giving glory to God in the unique way that God has set for all of it in this realm. The Creator has an up to the nanosecond inventory of all that He has created and loses nothing. He is God! At the appointed time, all His inventory will be accounted for, and that happens through His Son, Jesus, who redeems man and beast and the whole of creation according to His own words; If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? (John 3:12) Reminding us once again in the final book of the Bible, Behold, I make all things new! (Revelations 21:5)

How are you in perceiving the Light of the World in your own life today? During your reflections upon Christ these past forty days, where have you found your blindness…where have you found the Light?

I recently watched the care with which a male and female Cardinal were feeding each other and marveled at the genuine beauty of God’s love in their actions, filled with tenderness and attentiveness. There was a manifestation of light in that moment of “watching” that spoke to my heart. I thought of how important that small action was for God to have cared enough to have coded it in the behavior of the two birds.

Glory and Light, Light and Glory!

It fills the earth and can blind us if we allow Jesus in!

Take time this week to walk out in the natural beauty of creation and ask Jesus to open your eyes to the Light that never ceases. It is all around you.

I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of his life.

~Jesus~

(John 8:1)

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Susi Pittman is founder of CatholicStewardsofCreation.com and Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; an advocate for the Florida Catholic Conference; a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Council of Women in Jacksonville, Florida; an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Augustine;a member of the Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.

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