Look to What Is Unseen


June 9  

In our second reading today, Saint Paul proclaims: So we do not lose heart. Though our outer man is wasting away, our inner man is being renewed every day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal (2 Cor 4:16-18).  

“Mom—can you see me?” How can I not see you? You, in my arms, my newborn miracle: my beloved, my sweetness, my child. 

“Mom—can you see me?” Are you worried that I can only see the trouble you stirred by knocking her over? No, love, I see you: I lovingly have told you to say your “sorries” and find a project to work on as we are leaving for treats. Yes, I see you: you are my beloved, my sweetness, my child: and I see you well enough to love you into being who you are . . . though likely you do not see me. 

“Mom—can you see me?” Perhaps you are thinking that I cannot see you as you hide behind that shield of emotional stalemate and the ever-so-slight withdrawal which is sufficient to isolate you from me . . . or so you think. But yes, love, I see you: you are my beloved sweetness, growing into who you are to become—and yet, who will always be my sweetness, my child, my gift. 

“Mom—can you see me?” It would surprise you to know that I see you: I see you in your heartache, in your struggle. I see you in your anger and in your fear. I see you in your self-loathing and also in your yearning, your hope, your dreams. I see the whole of you; I know you, as person—as my beloved sweetness, my child, my young man, my son. 

“Mom—can you see me?” 

We are mothers and we naturally look to what is unseen. We carried our babies within the unseen world of our womb. We carry our children within the unseen world of our hearts. We hold each within the “eternal weight of glory” for we look not to the things that are seen, but to the things that are unseen. And our Beloved, who has graced us with the gift of life, sees us in the unseen – the eternal, the holy fountain of love

Sometimes we get a little lost in the seen world . . . sometimes it is hard. Sometimes we can only see the crying one, the screaming one, the fighting one . . . but if we stop, if we turn (towards or away—just turn), we remember, Yes love, I see you; I am here for you; I will not let you go.

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