Deep in the human spirit is the point where God dwells and where God guides us. It is there that God gives us grace to understand and love God more deeply. However we cannot see God “face to face” in this world. We cannot know clearly what it is we love. Ancient Christian writers have said that what we find in deep prayer is a mirror which is our heart. When the mirror is clean we can begin to see the divine reflection. This doesn’t mean gazing at ourselves. It is rather that in prayer we will see a reflection of God according to what is in our hearts. Prayer is a losing of ourselves, not a self-contemplation. We have enough of ourselves all day long. We don’t need more of the same when we pray.
When the eyes of our spirit are open and facing toward God we can have a sense of expansiveness in God’s freedom. God’s gentle love invites our hearts to become one with the infinite—at least for a moment of the time in which we now live.
May I see you reflected in my heart, Lord. May I see you reflected in the way I live this day in you. Cleanse my heart of the selfishness which gets in the way.