Thursday, January 13, 2011

To see all things with God's eyes (From Abbé Michel Quoist’s “Prayers”)

I would like to rise very high, Lord,
above my city,
above the world,
above time.
I would like to purify my gaze,
and borrow your eyes.

I would then see the universe,
humanity and history,
as the Father sees them.

I would see in matter's transformation
in the perpetual seething of life,
your great Body being born
of the breath of the Spirit.

I would see the beautiful,
the eternal thought of your Father's Love
taking form, step by step,
everything summed up in You,
things on earth,
and things of heaven.

And I would see that today,
like yesterday,
the most minute details are part of it,
every person has his place,
every group,
every object.

I would see a crowd of youngsters,
an infant being born,
and elderly man dying;
I would see the tiniest of things,
and the smallest throbbing of life,
Love and hate,
Sin and grace.

Startled, I will begin to understand,
that the great adventure of Love,
that started at the creation of the world,
continues to unfold before my eyes.

The divine story which,
according to your promise,
will be completed in glory,
only after the resurrection of the flesh,
when you will come before the Father saying:
All is accomplished.

I would then understand
that everything is linked together,
that all is but a single moment
of the whole of humanity
and the whole of the universe
towards the Trinity,
in you,
and by you, O Lord.

I would then understand
that nothing is simply
of this world,
neither things nor persons,
events nor circumstances.
But, on the contrary,
everything has been made sacred
in its origin in You,
and that everything
must be consecrated by man,
who has himself been made divine.

I would then understand that my life,
an imperceptible breath in this great whole,
is an indispensable treasure,
in the Father's plan.

Then, falling on my knees,
I would admire, O Lord,
the great mystery of this world,
your world,
which in spite of the innumerable snags of sin,
remains a long throb of love,
leading towards Love and Life eternal.

I would like to rise very high, Lord,
above my city,
above the world,
above time.
I would like to purify my gaze,
and borrow your eyes.

"The Kingdom of Heaven is a condition of the heart." (Friedrich Nietzsche)