The Word Among Us

November 2007 Issue

Lift Up Your Eyes!

By: Joe Difato

Of all the documents to have come out of Vatican II, Dei Verbum (The Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation) is one of my favorites.

Right from the start, this document points us heavenward and encourages us to meet God. It tells us that God has made it possible for us to know him: "Through divine revelation, God chose to show forth and communicate himself and the eternal decisions of his will regarding the salvation of men. That is to say, he chose to share with them those divine treasures which totally transcend the understanding of the human mind" (Dei Verbum, 6).

Living in a world that increasingly relies on reason and logic, it is important for us to keep in mind that we were created to receive revelation from God. Scripture tells us: "What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him, this God has revealed to us through the Spirit" (1 Corinthians 2:9-10).

Yes, we can receive revelation from God. What’s more, revelation is not meant to be an exception to the rule but a part of our everyday life as believers. God wants us to seek his wisdom and his grace on a daily basis. He wants to show himself to us and unveil the mysteries of his kingdom. He wants us to "come to share in the divine nature" as we continue to grow in our faith 
(2 Peter 1:4).

What Could Be Better than "Good"? There is a big difference between living for God out of our own strength and relying on the grace that comes from heaven. The first is good and noble, but the second is even better—and much more effective!

I know this from personal experience. Prior to my conversion in 1971, I attended Mass at least once a week, but I went mostly because I had been taught that it was the right thing to do and because I wanted to go to heaven. It made me feel good, but that was about as far as my experience went. However, after my conversion—which in itself was a great grace—the Eucharist became my lifeblood. It meant so much more because my spiritual eyes had been opened.

Now, when I receive Communion, I am not only eating the physical body of Christ. My mind is focused on who Jesus is and what he did for me. Even further, I am spiritually looking to heaven and asking God to show me more of himself or to give me guidance for what he wants me to do.

So as you read this month’s articles, put your hope in the Lord. Believe that you were created to receive revelation from God. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you see Jesus and his love more clearly. This is how "the treasure of revelation, entrusted to the Church, may more and more fill the hearts" of all people everywhere (Dei Verbum, 26).

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