“The Glory of God is a human being fully alive; and to be alive consists in beholding God.” – Saint Irenaeus
A nice follow-up, don’t you think, to the song from Les Mis and Victor Hugo, except Irenaeus lived in the third century. Not many musicals or novels in his day.
During this second week of Lent we are reminded that being a disciple is not all about gloom, denial, and solemnity, but instead it’s about being feeling vibrant and full of love. That is what God wants from us all the time. During Lent, we practice the disciples way, examining and removing what keeps us from being fully alive.
One way to remove our obstacles to joy is to think of the times when you felt the most wonderful, when you were overflowing with love. Remember how you felt, visualize how you looked and acted, and burn that moment into your mind. Then whenever you face a new barrier to that feeling of intense happiness, recognize the obstacle for what it is so you can more easily deal with it.
God will help us with this process and help us navigate a life filled with demands. Remember let all priorities in your life flow from the fountain of goodness.