How does man see God?
Well. That’s one large, slightly overwhelming and intriguing question. I think it’s something worth reflecting upon. Especially when we live in a time that often disregards the existence of God, or any kind of existential questions. It’s time we take a moment to really consider this. How does man see God? How do I see God?
The late Bishop Brincard of Lyon, France once said that, ” whenever you see something good and beautiful in another, you see God“. This simple statement is really beautiful. Just think of all the wonderful qualities of your friends and family. Their kindness, honesty, gentleness, generosity, sense of humor, joy and smile are really reflections of God. Therefore, God uses all created things, people and realities to bring us to himself. If it is true, then we need each other to see God. It’s no wonder that we spend our lives growing up with a family, or that we desire to spend our lives in a marriage, or giving ourselves for the service of the Church or the poor. We are created for the other! We are made for community and unity. It’s no coincidence that God has given us these relationships. It’s so that we might find Him through them. His love is constantly drawing us to himself and he uses all people to carry out this mission.
There are numerous texts in the bible which talk about God’s people as the Body of Christ. Saint Paul uses this theme at length throughout his letters to the Romans, Ephesians and Corinthians. He urges us to recognize this unity and connection we have in Christ:
” For as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function, so we, though many are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another” – Romans 12:4-5
” If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together”- 1 Corinthians 12:26
In both of these verses, we see how important each person is in the salvation of the other. We are not able to exist apart from each other. When one of us is wounded, persecuted, mistreated, we are suffering. When one of us is honored, respected, loved, we are rejoicing.
If we choose to see God in each person, then we are choosing to see God in each moment. The good and beautiful qualities of each human being, was designed to glorify God. If we are searching for God, we need not look far. He is there, waiting for us in the laughter of our sister, the forgiveness of our father, the kindness of our mother, the commitment of our spouse. What an amazing gift we have been given for each other.