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1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.
Near the end of City of God, Saint Augustine reflects on this mystery. What will it mean to see God face to face? Augustine offers, “He will be seen in the spirit (whereby each of us will see him within ourselves and in one another). He will be seen in himself; He will be seen in the new heaven and the new earth and in every creature then existing…even our thoughts will then be made known to one another.”
In Augustine’s final vision, all things stand in dramatic openness—ultimate vulnerability—to all creation, such that even our thoughts are known to each other. All things reflect who God is, and the invisible God may be seen. This is what it is like to see Love.
MOVING FORWARD: Is there one thing about you that you wish those closest to you fully understood? Offer them the gift of that knowledge, and ask if there’s anything they would like to share with you.
Today the Church remembers Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley, Bishops, 1555, and Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1556.