Part of the “The Nicene Creed,” recited in many Christian denominations, includes the words:
“We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all that is, seen and unseen…”;
To me, these words are a beautiful reminder, to strive to entwine together my materialistic, sensory reality, with that of my faith, the awareness of God’s guidance.
Consider, for example, the blessing of our sight.
If we study the physiology of our eyes, outside of their spiritual context, what can our eyes really see? A beautiful, but imperfect reception of reflected waves of light, within a very restricted range.
In addition, they are hopelessly distracted by what captures their hold in a given moment: catchy news headlines, flashing neon lights, or bright colors.
But, when we consider them as entwined with our spirituality, they acquire an additional, "higher," meaning.
We notice that they can (to paraphrase Saint John Paul II) “make visible” what’s spiritual and divine within us, by noticing: love, kindness, the emotional realities behind the expressions on our faces, our wellbeing; and the way our eyes allow us to connect with one another and God (e.g. through admiring his works of art).
So, inspired by the Nicene Creed, I pray for my daily bread, with thanks for my senses that allow me to experience the physical beauty of this life.
And, in addition, in those instances where my eyes chase something bright and colourful and don’t notice the divine around them, or worse, the divine in a fellow person; or like Thomas, find it hard to believe in what they cannot see--I pray that God helps me to see all that my eyes fail to grasp:
the hope that wakes with the dawning of my every day, the thoughts that ignite my heart, the power of faith, and the taste of love.
“We believe in one God.. maker of heaven and earth… and of all that is, seen... and unseen…”
Illustration: Pixabay/ free photos Reference: John Paul II. The Theology Of Marriage & Celibacy, 1st ed. Boston: Daughters of St. Paul, 1986.