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Why Can’t The World See God?

The Transfiguration of The Lord

“And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light.”Mt 17:2

Because He closed the door to Him, because they do not want to see or hear Him, because they do not want to believe in Him, because they do not want to convert or obey anyone but themselves, that is why God cannot manifest Himself to them, because they made a decision against Him, against faith, against revelation. Let’s look at THESE answers from Jesus in 3 quotes:

“That is why I speak to you in parables, because seeing they do not see and hearing they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled that prophecy of Isaiah that says: They will hear again and again and will not understand; They will look and look again, but they will not see; for this people has hardened their hearts, closed their eyes, and covered their ears, in order not to see with their eyes, nor to hear with their ears, nor to understand with their hearts. Because they don’t want to convert or for me to save them.
But, blessed are you, for your eyes see and your ears hear. I assure you that many prophets and many righteous people desired to see what you see and did not see and to hear what you hear and did not hear.”Matthew 13:8ff

“The Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see or know Him. But you know him, because he is with you and will remain in you…. Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will also live.
He who keeps my commandments after receiving them, he is he who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will also love him and manifest myself to him.
Judas, not the Iscariot, asked him, ‘Lord, why do you talk about showing yourself to us and not to the world?’ Jesus answered him, ‘If anyone loves me, he will keep my words, and my Father will love him. Then we will come to him to dwell in him.’ He who does not love me does not keep my words; …”John 14, 17

That is, the problem of the world is that they do not love or know Jesus, they cannot receive Him and Jesus cannot manifest Himself to them, because they do not want Him in their lives.

“You think: I am rich, I have everything, I lack nothing. And you don’t realize that you are unhappy, worthy of compassion, poor, blind and naked. See that I am at the door and knock: if anyone hears my voice and opens me, I will enter his house and eat with him and he with me.”Revelation 3,17ff

The point is this: He cannot enter if we do not open Him voluntarily, and for this we must know Him, listen to the preaching, because the faith by which the door of the heart is opened to Him comes by listening to His Word. How will they believe if it is not announced to them? Who will they believe in if it is not preached to them? Only those who seek the truth will find it. That is why Jesus tells us many times: whoever has ears must hear. But many do not listen to him, and do not want to hear or see God, he simply hinders them to remain deified. Not even seeing miracles did they believe in Him. Not even seeing creation does they accept the creator.

Readings for the Week

Sunday: Dn 7:9-10, 13-14/Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 9/2 Pt 1:16-19/Mt 17:1-9
Monday: Nm 11:4b-15/Ps 81:12-13, 14-15, 16-17/Mt 14:13-21
Tuesday: Nm 12:1-13/Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 6cd-7, 12-13/Mt 14:22-36 or 15:1-2, 10-14
Wednesday: Nm 13:1-2, 25-14:1, 26-29a, 34-35/Ps 106:6-7ab, 13-14, 21-22, 23/Mt 15:21-28
Thursday: 2 Cor 9:6-10/Ps 112:1-2, 5-6, 7-8, 9/Jn 12:24-26
Friday: Dt 4:32-40/Ps 77:12-13, 14-15, 16 and 21/M 16:24-28
Saturday: Dt 6:4-13/Ps 18:2-3a, 3bc-4, 47 and 51/Mt 17:14-20
Next Sunday: 1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-13a/Ps 85:9, 10, 11-12, 13-14 (8)/Rom 9:1-5/Mt 14:22-33

Observances for the Week

Sunday: The Transfiguration of the Lord
Monday: St. Sixtus II, Pope, and Companions, Martyrs; St. Cajetan, Priest
Tuesday: St. Dominic, Priest
Wednesday: St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Virgin and Martyr
Thursday: St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr
Friday: St. Clare, Virgin
Saturday: St. Jane Frances de Chantal, Religious
Next Sunday: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time