“Lord, this people desire to see Your Face.” Psalm 24
“May the Lord Bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face shine on you, and be gracious to you. May the Lord uncover his face to you and bring you peace (Num 6:24-26)
During Jesus’ final days, Philip asked Jesus: “Lord, show us the Father, and we shall be satisfied” (Jn 14:8) Jesus response “he who has seen me has seen the Father” (Jn 14:9)
My favorite theologian, Pope Benedict once said, “The theme of the “quest for God’s face”, the desire to know this face, the desire to see God as he is, is clearly present throughout the Old Testament, to the extent that the Hebrew term pānîm, which means “face”, recurs 400 times, and refers to God 100 times. ”
Benedict adds, “the true face of Jesus has become familiar to us through listening to his word, in an inner conversation with him, in entering this word so that we truly meet him, and of course, in the Mystery of the Eucharist.
Why does God give so many people misshapen faces? Perhaps it’s to steer us towards His face. Next time you see your face in the mirror, instead of primping, pray, “Lord, show me your face.”