God's Glory Revealed
Just recently I was on a retreat with the youth at my parish as well as other parishes. The theme for the retreat was “Glory Revealed.” Essentially, the retreat was an opportunity to witness the glory of God revealed to each and every one of us on Earth. I can definitely say that I witnessed God’s glory in many different ways that weekend:
- God’s glory is revealed through the other youth and leaders at the Retreat.
If you’ve ever been on a Catholic retreat and been able to witness the love that the others on the retreat have for Christ, you’ll know exactly what I mean. I was able to experience this especially during the praise and worship sessions and during Adoration. It’s so beautiful and encouraging to see so many young people praising, adoring God and letting Him into their lives. When you encounter these people, you can just see Christ’s face radiating through them, revealing God’s glory.
- God’s glory is revealed through His breathtaking creation.
At one point during the retreat, we had the opportunity to walk outside. The retreat was held far from the city in a beautiful wooded area. It was around 4 o’clock and as the sun began to set through the tall trees, it took everyone’s breath away. This was God’s masterpiece and there was certainly no doubt about it. God is such an amazing artist and His glory is radiated in everything He creates.
- God’s glory is revealed through His Son, Jesus.
And this one is so important! God sent us His Son Jesus, to give us an example on how to live and to save us from our sins. It is through God’s gift of his only Son, Jesus to us that His glory is more perfectly revealed. During Adoration, you could just look at the monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament and witness His glory so immensely! God’s love and mercy are so real!
Now that Christmas has just recently past, I was thinking about the incarnation and how perfect God’s gift was. It’s so amazing to understand the reality that the King of Kings would send down His son to Earth in human flesh, simply because He loves us so much. There is so much humility in that act and even more so in the fact that He comes to us under the form of a piece of bread, simply because He wants to be with us. Jesus desires to feed us, to embrace us, to love us. And there is so much glory revealed through this reality. In order to experience and witness His glory, all we have to do is look at Him, in the Blessed Sacrament, consume Him, in the Holy Eucharist and let Him love us. His glory, His love, and His beauty never run out, they are infinite! Christ has become one of us and He is God’s glory revealed.
The awesome thing is that you don’t have to go on a retreat to witness God’s glory. Just look around you! I mean His glory is revealed in all of creation! In you and in I, in the sun and in the moon, in the flowers and in the bees, and most definitely in the Blessed Sacrament! Don’t be afraid to spend some time with Jesus simply by visiting Him in a Catholic Church or in an Adoration Chapel. Receive Him in the Eucharist. He came so that may live and His glory is being revealed to you! Have you witnessed it?
P.S. This is an awesome song we sang at the retreat about God’s glory: Check it out! :)
“And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.”