Friday, June 25, 2010

On seeing God

From a homily of St. Gregory of Nyssa:
The happiness God promises certainly knows no limits. When one has gained such a blessing, what is left to desire?

In seeing God, one possess all things. In the language of Scripture, to see is to have. "May you see the good things of Jerusalem" is the same as "May you possess the good things of Jerusalem."

One who has seen God has in the act of seeing gained all that is counted good: life without end, everlasting freedom from decay, undying happiness, a kingdom that has no end, lasting joy, true light, a voice to sing pleasingly in the spirit, unapproachable glory, perpetual rejoicing. In a word, the totality of blessing.

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