Ezekiel is not an easy book from the Hebrew Scriptures to read. The reading this morning from the first chapter is mystical in nature. Ezekiel is having visions of creatures that he tries to describe with words but falls short. He is using earthly language for the heavenly realm and we only get a glimpse of what he’s trying to share with us. In the end what he sees what he says is the likeness of the glory of the Lord, he falls on his face.
I think sometimes we miss the glory of the Lord here on earth. The other day a friend dropped me off at the beach and the tide was out quite far which allowed me to walk out into the ocean floor a ways. As I started to return to the shore, I suddenly thought how blessed am I to be alive. I know that seems like a normal thing for a dying person to say but in that hour on the beach, I was strictly revelling in the joy of what I was experiencing and not thinking about my cancer, being sick, dying, or any of that. I was simply enjoying the moment and grateful for the heaven on earth that I was experiencing. I believe that if we truly had eyes to see that we might not ever rise from our knees because we would be too busy falling on our face as we have knowledged the likeness of the glory of God. St. Ignatius understood clearly that God is in all things; can we?
Yesterday my friends brought me out in search of the eagles but it is the wrong time of year to see them here. I was not disappointed though because I still caught images of spectacular beauty all around me. Two beautiful dragonflies caught my eye, a bird of prey swooped down and sat on a branch. The trees themselves were majestic and magical, and the highlight was a barn owl which slept in a tree above us. We gorged on plums and blackberries right off the vine as we walked. The day was perfect, even if we did not see an eagle up close. If we let go of our expectations, God can provide all that we need.
Have you fallen on your face in awe lately?
When was the last time you thought how blessed you are to be alive?
Creator God, if we only knew how blessed we were, we would never rise again. Give me eyes to see the likeness of the glory of You and the wherewithal to fall on my face in all and gratitude. Amen.