Have You Ever Seen God ! ?
I often hear the comment that the Bible is contradictory, I must admit that reading it, it has puzzled me a times.
So let us look at one issue:
The Gospel of St John Chapter 1 verse 18 states:
No one has ever seen God, it is only the Son, who is close to the Father’s heart.
OK let’s look deeper into John’s Gospel: Chapter 14: 8-10
v8 Philip said, ‘Lord, show us the Father and then we shall be satisfied, Jesus said to him
v9 Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me ? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father, so how can you say ‘show us the Father’.
v10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and that the Father is in me ? What can I say to you, I do not speak of my own accord, it is the Father living in me, who is doing His work.
[my note: Jesus is the Word made flesh, the Word of the Father]
Now, when I receive Holy Communion, The Blessed Eucharist, I choose to receive it in the hand [many oppose this practice, but it is legal], for a very special reason. That being, the Lord has decided to come into my worthless presence, it gives me a very special opportunity to Adore my God before consuming that little white disc of bread, or a section of a larger Host or even a mere speck.
When I was educated in the Catholic School System (1951-1960) I was taught that when I received Holy Communion, I received, The Body, Blood, Soul & Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ. Which brings me to a pet peeve of mine, especially at the Consecration & Elevation the faithful MUST either KNEEL or sit, I find that STANDING [legal in Australia] and moving from one leg to the other a great disrespect towards our GOD who has come to visit us.
Many friends have a massive problem trying to understand the Trinity [which we receive in the Eucharist], strangely even as a child [that may be the problem] I have always understood & accepted at least my concept of the Trinity.
Now back to the matter at hand: No one has ever seen God:
Our Blessed Mother, Our Lady, was the Mother of God, proclaimed as a Dogma of the Church in 1950 [the church never acts in haste].
Also mentioned in the “Collect” at Mass we read:
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and even, AMEN
That’s it, finished another rave.
Love in Jesus & Mary
Hank, 5th January 2017