Reflection : The Desire to be Seen & the Burning Bush
We seek friendship, we seek fellowship, yet with the modernist plague that has hit the world it has inverted this desire to only think of human respect.
“ And they asked him, saying: Master, we know that thou speakest and teachest rightly: and thou dost not respect any person, but teachest the way of God in truth.”
It seems the Lord has tried to show us something within this chastisement regarding our desires and who we truly seek. Many of us have been left alone to reflect on this desire of being loved and seen, yet now we have two options: run to God or run back into the world and false security. I was sent a video by a friend of Canadian police giving tickets to those giving handshakes. Have we lost sight of God that human respect even disorders how to truly protect one another. We have run from God truly seeing us vulnerable. The need for Him to be a Father allows for the Truth, that we are helpless without Him. If we do not have God we do not have truth and it seems we become like the animals on the defense and trying to use any way we can to guard ourselves from a world. We know we have no control, for if our society reflects actually how to live in the Truth we would seek God’s Almighty power and shelter. I think of Our Lady’s warning at Fatima, how many souls are going to hell because of sins of the flesh. We see a world so drawn to the flesh and if we believe God only allows what is needed for the greater good, therefore we can imagine many that have been sheltered away from fleshly desires. Not allowing to touch or feel anyone has left the question to those who only seen a “love” through physical contact, how can I still be loved? It is hard to see through all this evil to see the good. More stories I hear of pornography sites exploding in views during these times and people left to despair because of such isolation causing suicide attempts rising, left me to think how much a world is seeking to be loved and seen by a father, a protector, a person to remind them who they are. Now is the time to order it towards God. When a world is sick, with human trafficking and the wicked sins against the innocent, how much all this has removed people from areas that could have exposed them to evil men. Yet, it has left many to think of what is their worth without a sense of human fellowship, who validates their being if they have no affection in a fleshly way. Oh how the treasures of the Church gives us the tools and methods, the medicine as I would say, Prayer, the interior life! In prayer we begin to listen to the Lord in asking of Him to reveal Himself to us by showing us the path where we will see our dependence on Him alone so as to become love, for it is in giving of yourself that is love. I think of God, we can not add anything to Him, but He constant gives of Himself.
Closing down everything and separating us from the human aspect has happened for a reason to draw our sight on Him. Better said, to return our wills to Him. I think of many temptations I face during times of trials during my journey where I have said to the Lord, ” I have lost my friends and given all to you, I feel so alone help me.” I seek some signs from Him in times where I’ve felt most lonely. It has always serve to show me God purifying my soul by desolation because of many years of depending on the validation of men and the respect I desired from people first. I desired affection to just want to be loved by people and well it took me down a route of self pleasure and vain glory. How much more God wants us to know He is our constant friend and He desires fellowship with us in every moment. If we merely think people will fill our needs, why is it that Saints became hermits or many like King David, St. Mary Magdalene, St. Benedict and St. Francis went to be in caves? When we lose the interior life, we lost the sight of the fellowship and friendship we have with the Father in every moment. Then, it is by Providence He sends us the people in our lives, in our family, spiritual family, and friends to remind us of the bigger picture of His love being reflected to us and how WE must reflect such image to the world in all that we do. God sent brothers to find St. Francis, King David, and St. Benedict in the cave because they wanted to be near them, so they can be near the peace they found in being seen by God. Many were called men of God, for the world saw they carried a deep relationship with God. This is the peace and comfort only He can give to strengthen us to give of ourselves in love, which makes us willing to live and honor the Father out of faith. People become His instruments, but when we lose sight of the interior life it is us that lose sight of Him in all things. God seems to be challenging us, as I am reminded when I pray “led us not into temptation” in the Our Father prayer it is as the Father allows us to see what it would be like without him or that we seek true friendship in trusting He will “deliver us from evil.” He is perfect, yet we invert to expect the perfect from the ones that are imperfect like us sinners and we get discouraged expecting that we must feel loved only by men. For the world speaks about “love” so much, but you can not have love without Christ. To love someone for Christ sake is to love them for the sake of truth and to love them to the Cross. We are made for God alone. I can see why it is such an important role for the guardian of souls like parents and priest to reflect that image of God the Father, for it is the goal to make strong willed souls to know they are truly never alone and that our best friend will always be Christ. He will give us the strength to truly love others and to truly seek holy friendships. He is the one that sends us the brothers and sisters in our journeys to be the inspiration of hope to know the Father sees us. It reminds me of the burning bush, how we all have had a moments where it clicked and felt “God this only can be you? Or is it just a coincidence? I recently heard in a movie, a coincidence is just God being anonymous. The image I selected for this reflection of the light shining through the withered tree, reminded me of the burning bush where Moses encountered God. Oh how many times it seemed to be in those moments of Providence a clear signs like the burning bush where I know God exists and He sees me.