These words are worth contemplating, again and again and again. We can never appreciate, understand or even partially comprehend God’s magnificence. The Hebrew word that we translate, glory, is kabod. In the Hebrew scriptures it often refers to something massive and heavy. If we consider God’s glory in these terms we might come to an inkling of awareness of His magnificence. Today’s readings reflect this truth.
The beauty of scripture is often difficult to articulate in plain language. How can it be said any better! Before the Lord the whole universe is as a grain from a balance or a drop of morning dew come down upon the earth. This is God’s “word selfie,” inspired by the Holy Spirit, to help us appreciate who He is and His greatness. He wants us to know Him but understands our weakness in this regard and so He inspires language so beautiful it must be commuted from the head to the heart.
Space does not allow for the words of Psalm 145. They are worth reading silently because too often, whether proclaimed or chanted, they are glossed over in ways that cannot be heard or understood. Yet, this is a glorious hymn of praise to God.
St. Paul prays, that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, and who can overlook the magnificence of God as depicted in the story of Zacchaeus?! Is there any one of us who cannot identify with Him? In God’s presence we are all, each and every one of us, short in stature. We are all, each and every one of us, sinners. We are all, each and every one of us, desirous of seeing and knowing Our Lord more clearly, more closely and with the comradeship of friendship. God, our Lord and Creator, is equally desirous of us being close to Him and He being close to us. That’s why He invites each of us to come down from the tree of distance and disconnect and dine with Him. Yes, His spirit is in all things… and us, too, if we repent and open our hearts to His merciful love.