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Lamplighter - Fr. Ralph

posted Oct 29, 2015, 12:42 PM by St. Thomas Church   [ updated Sep 1, 2017, 8:37 AM ]

Today is the total eclipse.  We do not live in the area of ‘totality’, so we will be unable to get the ‘full’ effect.  Unfortunately, it is also cloudy today, so it looks like we won’t be able to see anything.  We’ll see.  People have been planning for this day for months and years.  Folks have traveled the world to be involved in this event. 

I got to wonder if we ever see anything in its totality.  I have been married for 39 years and still don’t see my wife in her totality.  I have been at St. Thomas for over seven years and am not close to understanding our church in its totality.  Maybe a sliver is all I’m capable of.  There is so much conflict in our world today and much of it is because of what we are capable of seeing and what we are not capable of seeing.  I have good friends and family on opposing sides of so many issues.  All seem very confident that they are seeing the totality of the given issue.  They don’t even have to wear protective lenses to prevent injury.  I wonder if you look at an issue too long it has an effect on your eyes. 

Don’t you wish you had better vision when it comes to seeing God?  I surely do.  Looking at God does not hurt our eyes.  It seems that most of us get less than a sliver of God at our best.  I’m not sure we can handle more than that.  The clearer we see God, the more we can see ourselves.  Clearer vision reminds one of the powers of God and our limitations.  The Bible tells us that this is a blessing.  Blessed are you who have not seen and yet believed.  Partial vision is enough.  God promises the rest.