I walk Ozzie (our shit tzu) in the morning. It was between darkness and dawn but not yet twilight. The sun peaked through the trees and momentarily blinded me. I thought, “Oh, to have that kind of revelation of the Son.”
The apostles experience a prelude to the Beatific Vision in Mark 9. “After six days,
Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them,
and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.” Peter decides it time to do the feast of the tabernacles, this time for real.
Peter, James and John don’t see the noon day Son (Beatific Vision) but something between darkness and dawn.
“No man can see God and live.”
One of the constant themes in Scripture is, “No man can see God and live.” The Apostle Paul prays, “who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen (I Timothy 1:17-20). “
Most of our lives are spent in the middle. We don’t live on the Mount of Transfiguration and or are we frothing at the mouth like the demonized boy (cf. Mark 9:14-29). God asks us to pray and fast (cf. cf Mark 9:28-29, Jesus states, “these things come out only by fasting and praying”) and feasting (cf. “Wherever the Catholic Sun doth shine, there’s always laughter and good wine” (Hilaire Belloc)).
Aristotle (cf. Sir. 1:10) believed the place of perfection was in the middle of life’s extremes. Why? It is in the middle way mankind chooses heaven or hell. It’s in between extremes man develops the virtues of heaven.
The reason we don’t we see God face to face is because God loves our freedom to choose Him.