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We’re On the Wrong Side of Eternity

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The story has been told of a museum guide who would take his tour group to a darkened room, shine a light on a mass of string, color, and apparent chaos and ask the group, “What do you think this is?”

“I don’t know,” was the inevitable reply.

He would then say, “Stand over there and watch.” As the group moved over to the other side of the room, he would turn on a spotlight.

It was instantly apparent that the mass of jumbled colored string seen just a moment earlier was in fact an enormous tapestry — from the back side.

The real work had to be seen from a different perspective to understand what the artist was creating.

So it is with God and God’s ways. We often look at what God does and ask questions such as “Why?” and “How?” not because there is no purpose in what God is doing, but because we are on the wrong side of eternity to be able to have the perspective that would enable us to see the order and pattern of God’s work. A God Flash

This was brought home to us in the image of a black hole that was released on April 10th.

For the first time we have direct proof that a black hole is more than a theoretical construct. It’s a “thing.” So if St. Ignatius was right to inspire us to “find God in all things,” the black hole certainly qualifies.

A black hole is a perfect example of something we’ve believed in even though we cannot see it or touch it. Even the new image released by the Event Horizon Telescope doesn’t show the black hole itself. It shows the shadow of the black hole. As with God in the tapestry or the black hole, we do not see God, but we certainly see the shadow of God.

I love God’s shadow so much better
Than any human person’s light.

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