John begins his Gospel: “In the beginning was the Word; the Word was in God’s presence, and the Word was God” (Jn 1). The Word of God is eternal. The eternal seems very remote indeed from our world. How can our human minds understand the life of God? Jesus who is the Word of God came, in part, to make the mystery less obscure. As John points out in his first letter: “This is what we proclaim to you: what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked upon and our hands have touched—we speak of the word of life” (1 Jn 1). What we see in Jesus is love. The life of God is perfect love.
We cannot in this life enter directly into the vision of God; we cannot see him face to face though that is our destiny. We can see him in Jesus who is, in every visible way, like ourselves. Not only can we see God in Jesus, we can possess God in Jesus as well.
Lord, teach me to think as you think, to feel as you feel, and to act in imitation of you. Then I will be made ready to see God face to face. Lift me up into your eternal life.