My story is not more important or deeper than any other person’s story. Every wall I banged into and every bridge I crossed brought me to this moment. I continue to seek and to find and to seek again. As I went along on the road to today’s faith, I tried to solve the great mystery of God and what my place in God’s world could be. As I went deeper into my Catholic faith, I found that not only was the mystery of God more than I could ever grasp, but that the mystery of myself was just as great. Who am I that God could love me into existence?
On seeking an answer to the two mysteries (God and self), I would get to a place in my faith where a veil would lift. I’d gasp in response and meditate on the beauty and wonder of it all. For instance, I just read a small publication from Paulist Press called “Poverty of Spirit” by Johannes Baptist Metz. In it Johannes says there is more to being a human being than conception and birth. He says we are challenged to accept ourselves. He said “assent to God starts in our sincere assent to ourselves, just as sinful flight from God starts in our flight from ourselves. In accepting the chalice of our existence, we show our obedience to the will of the Creator in heaven; in rejecting it, we reject God.
I never looked at myself in a good light. I mistook this as humility. I didn’t realize I was telling God he made a mistake when he made me. Today I know when I start the negative self talk that I am complaining about God’s handiwork. I must accept the chalice of me.
Another point brought out in this little book concerned the three temptations of Christ and the devil’s underlying intention of tempting Christ to let go of His human nature and utilize His divine nature. It would have made the Incarnation “an empty show” and would have lessened His sacrifice. When I read that, I understood for the first time the reason for these temptations. And the obedient Christ did not falter, but rather won for us forgiveness of sins right up to His death on the cross.
Each epiphany lifts a veil. God is being revealed to me moment by precious moment. I seldom find anything if I am not first seeking the answer. I know I will never totally know God in this life, but nothing beats seeking Him. “Seek and ye shall find.”