“And a great sign appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars” (Revelation 12:1)
We have a reason hope in this life. A reason to hope because of who we are.
The world speaks:
You are….your Irish and German heritage, what you look like, and your social status in life.
You are…your talents, your gifts, your intellect and personality traits.
You are….who you are related to….wife, and mother, daughter, and friend.
You are….what you have achieved in this life….your title, vocation, and job.
My response: “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.”
Therein lies the key to the hope.
In prayer to the One who made us, the One who redeems us, comes precious new revelation. And He’ll speak with authority if I listen.
It is the power of His love that makes me, me.
Somehow the world and its definitions… matter so little right now.
My faith is in His Word about me.
“Faith is…a ray from the Divine Face.” (Fr. Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure, SJ)
And that Face is gazing on me! Receiving that gaze creates a heart-longing…to respond as one madly in love. And what becomes more important now is… knowledge of myself in His eyes.
What matters most is that I am His.
A woman is clothed with the sun. We can don the brilliance of a bride!
God in His mystery redefines anyone who is open to His great signs and wonders appearing in their lives. And each ray of His gaze is unique and unrepeatable – meant solely for that person alone.
Imagine His brilliance in containing all the rays of His creation in the human person! Imagine all the ways they have responded in faith! It is the communion of saints. I long to be one with in them.
This is life in the body, life on this earth. We are meant to be clothed with the sun, under the ray of His Divine Face.
It is rich in the experiences of humble prayer and sacrament, radiant with joy in the love of others.
We belong and we hope. Created and redeemed. And we see how great He has made us!