How to experience God’s presence

Feb 10, 2020

After their group meeting Portia came home to the family with the question, “How can a person know that God is present somewhere?”  “Mass, faith, prayer,” were some of the answers. “The OT people believed God was there with the them in a cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night.  Jesus physically healed people, even when they touched him. We seldom see such manifestations but there are many signs of a creator in many different ways like in the beauty of nature. In relationships of love, e.g. in a young couple or an old couple too, we also believe that God is present. Should we not make up a special way to honour God, build a temple or a shrine, or a little home altar and invite God to be there too?”

When the priests came out of the holy place a cloud filled the house of the Lord, and the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord. Solomon said, ‘I have built you an exalted house, a place for you to dwell in for ever.” 1 Kings 8:9-13

Pope Francis.  To sense each creature singing the hymn of its existence is to live joyfully in God’s love and hope.” LS 85   We can say that alongside revelation in sacred Scripture, there is a divine manifestation in the blaze of the sun and the fall of night. Married couples shape with different daily gestures a God-enlightened space in which to experience the hidden presence of the risen Lord.  AL317

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