“When you approach the tabernacle, remember that He has been waiting for you for twenty centuries.”- St. Josemaria Escriva
It seems that more than anything else in this culture of ours, we value efficiency. We love convenience, which our ever-advancing technologies often afford. With less time spent on trivial things like small talk, we can pursue our lofty, lonely lives in perceived peace.
In the midst of our busy lives, who has time to think of mortality, of humanity, of God? If Western society gives Heaven a second thought, it is merely to issue a challenge to the Creator. If there is a God, show Him to me now, as I want to see Him. We wish God to move as swiftly and carelessly as we do, and when He doesn’t, we assume that He doesn’t exist or doesn’t care. Christians must move against the desire for instant gratification. We must relish the opportunity to practice patience, as difficult as it may be. God does not expect our hearts or habits to change completely overnight; He has prepared for us a journey towards Holiness that will inevitably involve failure. If we don’t improve instantly in our prayer life, will we have the tenacity to keep trying? Will we have the courage to follow Jesus on the Via Dolorosa, though we will fall alongside Him?
Remembering God’s plan of salvation might help to put things into perspective: if Abraham, Sarah, and their righteous descendants did not see the fruits of God’s promise in their lifetimes, God’s plan must be infinitely bigger than we could ever perceive. If we desire to worship a God who fits within our limited reasoning, we are merely worshipping ourselves. God is greater than the culmination of everything good in our world and in our neighbour. In the words of Dr. S. M. Lockridge “He’s the superlative of everything good that you choose to call Him.” And guess what. He wants you to know Him personally.
God doesn’t give up on us, He has waited for centuries to meet us in the Sacraments. If God can show us flawed beings such patience, shouldn’t we show Him the same? Even when we sin, even when we doubt, even when we fail, God desires to show His love for us. He desires reconciliation between His heart and ours. He desires intimacy unlike any other known in our natural world. In the stillness and silence of the Chapel, the last place anyone might think to look, is the greatest treasure in existence. Shall I show you my God? He is in the Tabernacle. And He’s longing to meet you.
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