God’s Veil

The sun was in my eyes
as I walked to Mass/Adoration
this morning…
for the better part of a mile & a half.
Of course, since I’m not facing east when I leave the house,
I didn’t think to grab sunglasses until it was too late.

God had my attention…

…for a good long time!

If the sun, merely His creation and not even the brightest of His stars,
is so bright that I can’t bear to look at it, so bright that it hurts my eyes,
how much less would I be able to stand the full brilliance of His glory!

Yet I was on my way to spending hours in His Presence,
hours in the radiance of His glory.

I was reminded of Moses veiling his face after talking with God
because it shone so brightly that people couldn’t bear to look at him (Exodus 34:29-35, II Corinthians 3:7).

I thanked the God who tempers the wind to the shorn lamb
(cf. Lawrence Sterne),
Who humbles Himself so profoundly and veils His glory so powerfully
that I can not only gaze upon Him,
but even receive Him, unite myself with Him,
without suffering so much as the discomfort I feel facing into His sun.

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