As a young girl, I loved going to the pool. One day, after many months of trying, I finally figured out how to dive into the deep end of the pool. After my first successful attempt, the first thing I did was look for my mother and yell, “Mom, look at me!” As I proudly emerged from the water, I looked up again to make sure she did indeed see me. Her big smile let me know that she did, and that she was pleased.
We all share a deep desire to be seen, to be known, and that desire within us is meant to move us to seek the gaze of our Father in heaven. “Then they who fear the Lord spoke with one another, and the Lord listened attentively” (Mal 3:16). The Lord listens, and not distractedly, looking at his phone or looking above your shoulder to see who else is waiting to speak with him, but attentively. He hangs on every word, every sigh, every desire, “for the Lord watches over the way of the just” (Ps 1:6). Father Eymard said: “Fix your heart on our Lord. Rest assured that he is there within you contemplating your struggles and preparing to reward them.” (CO 250)
“If you then who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” (Lk 11:13). We know this is true. At every Mass, God is watching, listening and waiting for that moment when he is called down from heaven, for that is the moment when our deepest desire and God’s own desire will meet. Behold!… Behold the one who is beholding you. Look up and see that he is pleased.
What word, sigh or deep desire do you bring to the Lord today?
Let us pray:
Lord, help us seek your face always and everywhere.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)