Friday, August 7, 2009
We Pray, God Generously Responds
Throughout the Psalms we pray that God might reveal his face. And God generously and continuously responds! In how many ways does God reveal his face? No doubt there are an infinite number of ways that God does so. Mother Teresa prayed that we might see God's face in the poor. Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI prayed that we might see God's Eucharistic Face. Certainly one of the most unique revelations of God's face is that of the multi-faceted Faces (Countenances) on both sides of the cloth of marine byssus in Manoppello. The many faces of God in Jesus Christ present within the one cloth of Manoppello astonish all who generously find the time to travel there. Among the many psalms we pray that God might show us his face I am especially thinking of:
Psalm 31:16 Let thy face shine on thy servant, save me in thy steadfast love.
Psalm 34:5 Look to him and be radiant, so your faces may never blush with shame
Psalm 67:1 May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us
The people of the Old Testament fervently prayed to see God's face, may we continue to do the same, and believe that God will hear and respond!