On a recent morning, I captured this image of the early light shining through the stained glass window of one church and landing right among the pews in front of the icon of Christ. This image made me think of the possibility of the Angels and Saints visiting and listening attentively to the Lord in silence.
This morning, when I was attending Mass, the bright morning light shone through the church window onto my face as I was standing for the Gospel.
The priest was reading the line about the Greeks coming to Philip and saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus”. I couldn’t help but think how the light forced me to close my eyes and, now, I would not be able to see Jesus. It was then that a conversation with the late Father Charlie came to mind.
Long ago, I asked about Purgatory and, specifically, why our souls would need to be in Purgatory. Father Charlie thought that, perhaps, the light of God’s love would be so powerful that we would not be able to face the Lord if we were to head straight to heaven. We needed time to adjust to this brightness. Thinking about the pews glowing in the morning light from a few days earlier, I think Father Charlie might be right.
The angels and saints, who are spirits or have been raised to life in heaven, may be fairly bright, just like those multi-coloured spots on the pews suggested. They are, therefore, able to stand in the presence of the Lord, seeing Him face-to-face, singing songs of praise! So, if you and I were to ask the same question as the Greeks and “wish to see Jesus”, we might want to look at the saints as our role models. Just like them, we can choose to follow God’s directions in life and embark on a journey of holiness. Of course, we can always join in praising at church with the saints and angels:
“For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.”
Let the saints and angels accompany us and guide us!