St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Symbolism in the Church #36

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S1290019On the right side as we look at the altar, there is a round stained glass window of an eye. This is there to remind us that God sees everything. God sees all things and know all things. Everything we do is not as secret as we think. He knows every giggle that happens every night when we are supposed to be sleeping. Who knows, maybe He is giggling too. Like Santa Clause, or even more so, He sees when we are sleeping, He knows when we’re awake; He knows when we’ve bad or good, so be good for goodness sake! He actually knows not only all actions that any person has ever made in all of time, He also knows every thought we have ever had in all of our lives. He knows every emotion we have ever had in our lives throughout all of time. Absolutely nothing is hidden from God. Because of this, God can never be deceived or manipulated.

This can either give us comfort or discomfort. The kind of knowledge God has is unique. It is the only kind of knowledge that gives a person the ability to be the judge of other living and the dead. It is the kind of knowledge that only Jesus has. For those of purity of heart it should give peace, but to those who have evil in their heart, it should give discomfort. Many people think that if they get by with something in human affairs, they got by with doing evil – that somehow that is proof that either God does not exist or that He really does not care. Nothing could be further from the truth. God judges our life after we die. Nobody escapes death or God’s judgement. God’s judgement is just and true. That is why it is most important to remain in virtue, for virtue is our guiding light on how to live rightly and not to offend God.

Yet for those who have a pure heart, this judgement is welcome. It is welcome in two ways. First, as a test that you know you are ready for, and secondly, as protection from the unjust. I remember when I was in the seminary; I had a great teacher when I was taking a class on the Gospel of John. The class was a delight to take. However, halfway through, all the students realized that nobody was taking notes. We all started to worry; we were just hanging on every word he spoke and forgot to take notes. We started to pull our pens and paper out and class would begin, and we forgot to write anything. When it came time for the test, it was amazing: we all remembered everything he said. We actually enjoyed the test and wrote down all the wonderful information we had learned. In the end, with the blessing of an A on the paper, we rejoiced all the more in amazement. This is the kind of blessing Jesus wants for us in the end of our test here on earth.

The other joy is when we need God’s protection and He fulfills it. We have many worries and injustices we all have to suffer in this life. It is good to know that God is there when we need His help most. Walking in truth, goodness and virtue keeps us under His protection. If we are the one causing the injustice, then we will be the ones corrected. But if we remain with good intent for others, particularly to those who do evil to us, this calls on God’s mercy and many times intercedes for us.

So having this sign in the church can either give us comfort or challenge us to get right with God before we are before His judgement seat. Does the thought of it scare you or does it bring you comfort? I suppose we will never know until it comes to our last breath. All we can do is have faith in Him and give Him our hearts. Jesus, I am totally yours!

Author: stjosephstmary

We are two Catholic Churches close to downtown Freeport, IL. Our communities are over 150 years old and have been dedicated to our lord Jesus Christ since our inception. We believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was concieved by the Holy Spirit, born of ythe Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilot, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

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