Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Forgotten Consolation

In these times of darkness in the world, there is often need of consolation. One thing that God takes pleasure in especially is comforting us on our journey to Paradise, but there are some consolations right in front of us that we can sometimes forget.

All through Our Lord’s life, He used the natural to prove the supernatural. For example, when the cripple was brought to Jesus, and Jesus told Him his sins were forgiven, the Pharisees said He was blaspheming. And in order to show them that He had forgiven the cripple’s sins, He proved Himself with something the human eyes could see, a visible miracle. He healed the man and told him to walk home. All were astonished and realized that God uses natural means to tell us something.

And so it is with consolation. God often wants to tell us things through natural means. He doesn’t need to use extraordinary means to speak to us, all we have to do is open our eyes and ask for the gift of divine wisdom. Divine wisdom gives us the ability to see all things through the eyes of God. For example, instead of indifferently passing by a flower in our friend’s garden, we can look at the flower and realize that for all eternity God knew He would create this one beautiful flower not just to give Him glory, but for you to appreciate and enjoy.

Everything around us can be a source of consolation, including people, whether they are our friends or people that test our patience. All we have to do is see Our Lord in them, and it will be much easier to practice acts of charity towards them. Our Lord even told us to do this when He said, “I was hungry, and you gave me to eat, etc.” God wants us to think this way, He wants us to realize that He is always with us, and is always willing to help and console us.

So let us see the world through the eyes of God and never forget that no matter what situation we are in, the loving eyes of our Creator are gazing down at us.

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