Sunday, September 27, 2015

God within us

Many try to find God in other things and places: in magnificent buildings, in holy people, in a certain locations. However, we read in 1 Corinthians, 3:16, ‘Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?’ Therefore, we are to find God in certain places, in holy people but also within us. We have to first find Him in us, and then outside. Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh had said, on this issue,


‘If we cannot meet God within, in the very depths of ourselves, our chances of meeting him outside ourselves are very remote. When Gagarin came back from space and made his remarkable statement that he never saw God in heaven, one of our priests in Moscow remarked, ‘If you have not seen him on earth, you will never see him in heaven.’ 
This is also true of what I am speaking about. If we cannot find a contact with God under our own skin, as it were, then the chances are very slight that even if I meet him face to face, I will recognize him.
St John Chrysostom said, ‘Find the door of your heart, you will discover it is the door of the Kingdom of God.’ So it is inward that we must turn, and not outward – but inward in a very special way. I am not saying that we must go inward in the way one does in psychoanalysis or psychology. It is not a journey into my own inwardness, it is a journey through my own self, in order to emerge from the deepest level of self into the place where he is, the point at which God and I meet.’[1]




[1] Anthony of Sourozh, Creative Prayer, 2004, p.17.

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