Sunday, July 17, 2011

Shining Like the Sun

Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears ought to hear. - Matthew 13:43
This reminds me of a conversion kind of experience Thomas Merton wrote about in Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander. He was standing at an intersection in Louisville, Kentucky and suddenly felt like he loved all the people walking around him. He no longer felt separate from them. He felt such joy being part of the human race, and suddenly knew that all people had a place within them that was like a diamond, the place where God dwells. He wrote that 
"... There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun ..."
We are all walking around shining like the sun, but we are not aware of it. Instead we see the weak places, the wounds, the things we do wrong, the mistakes we make. 
While we need to check our hearts out and repent of our sins, we also need to remember that we are human. God made us this way. He knows who we are.
We forget that we are created by the Lord in His image. And it is that image we need to keep in our minds and our hearts. We are children of God. We need to remind ourselves and each other.
And if we take the time to listen ... listen to His Word, in scripture, in our hearts, in the lives of the saints, in our Eucharistic liturgy, then we can hear that we are loved and cherished by God.
And then maybe someday, we will see and come to know what Merton knew that day in Louisville.
We are all walking around shining like the sun.
Lord, I long to be one of those righteous that shines like the sun in your kingdom. Help me to listen. Help me to hear your words of love and encouragement. Help me to remember that you know me and made me and love me. Amen.
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20 comments :

pip said...

Lovely stuff, Colleen. A prayer I like to say when I remember is "Lord, shine out through me today, in love"

Anne said...

I love that Merton quote! Thanks for this post.

Colleen said...

pip, thank you! Love your prayer. I will probably borrow it! :)

Anne, thank you! I have loved that quote since I first read it and I try to carry it with me but I forget. Then this reading today just brought it back. God bless!

Jade said...

Such a wonderful post!
I like that you mention the need of confessing sins, yet you encourage us to seek goodness in the world, instead of dwelling on the wrongs.
Exquisite quote, too.
:)

Colleen said...

Jade, thank you! I have always tended to dwell on what was wrong with me but I am changing and it is my favorite message to give to others. God's merciful unending love.

Karinann said...

Colleen,
I love what you chose to reflect on from today's readings and Merton's quote fits so well. I am always amazed at hos great insight. May we all allow God to work in us so that we can reflect His light and be walking sunbeams to others.
God bless!

Colleen said...

Karinann, amen!! Thank you! Love your prayer!

mary333 said...

This is such a beautiful post, Colleen. It reminded me of how we are all supposed to be "little Jesuses" and let his love shine through us :)

Thank you for your prayers for our friends' son who died. It was such a heartbreaking story that I couldn't share the details in my post because it was too upsetting. Much to the family's horror he had his death planned down to the smallest detail. Needless to say, they are suffering tremendously and blaming themselves.

Colleen said...

Mary, thank you for your comments on my post.
My heart breaks for you and your friends.

Owner of Homeschool Faith and Family Life Website said...

This is beautiful...and it made my eyes grow wide for I have had a VERY similar experience as T. Merton!
We ARE so so very blessed to be part of the human race!

Colleen said...

Judy, Amen! Maybe you can share that experience sometime! Thanks!

noreen said...

Colleen, that is so lovely and I enjoyed your prayer at the end. If more people realized that God shines through us, our world would be a more holy place. Something to pray for!

Colleen said...

Noreen, amen!! Thank you!

danardoyle said...

I just discovered your blog through Sue Elvis' site. I love it - inspiring stuff! I will surely be back to visit!

Colleen said...

danardoyle, welcome! Thanks for stopping by. God bless!

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

Love this!

Kathleen@so much to say said...

It's so hard sometimes to really see Christ in everyone around us. When an experience like Merton's happens, it's a moment of grace, for sure.

Barb Schoeneberger said...

We will really shine like the sun in paradise.

Your post makes me think about the fact that even though we are sinners and imperfect, God still works through us for the good of others. Even though we are sinners, we are still the light of the world insomuch as we let Christ shine through us. So Lord, please let all my sins and imperfections not obscure Your light!

Colleen said...

Elizabeth, thank you! God bless!

Kathleen, absolutely! and we all grow when grace happens and is shared.

Colleen said...

Barb, amen! That is my prayer, too.