How many times would you have been asked, What does God look like ? Specially, if you were a parent or catechist, I am sure you would have been challenged with this question.
Jesus was asked a similar question by his apostles.
According to the Bible – the Gospel of John chapter 14 verses 8-10,
Philip said, 'Lord, show us the Father and then we shall be satisfied.’
Jesus’ friends were curious like us and they too wanted to know What does God look like.
Jesus said to him, 'Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? 'Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father, so how can you say, "Show us the Father"? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
So, now we have a very clear answer from Jesus to the question What does God Look like. You can confidently answer this question by letting your children know that God looks like Jesus.
Some painters paint God the father as an old man with gray hair and a beared. But God is eternal not someone who grows old. Therefore, it only makes sense to believe that when we see the face of Jesus we see the face of God.
On the other hand, we know that ‘Jesus is God’. Jesus is God the son in the Holy Trinity. So, again when we want to reflect upon, what does God look like, we only have to look at the face of Jesus.
I would like to share three favourite pictures of mine that I use for reflection.
One is of the Child Jesus. It is a photo taken by Blessed Charles de Foucauld (1858-1916) of the Eucharistic Jesus while it was exposed on the altar. What came out was the above picture of the child Jesus.
For me, the picture portrays that Jesus as an innocent child, looking up to His loving Father and praying on behalf of us. The surrounding shows the Child Jesus in a poor carpenter’s work shop. It is the real state of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament at every church. A mighty King trapped in that little space (poor and lonely) all because of His love for us.
My other favourite picture that I would like to reflect upon is the face of the Divine Mercy Image. Jesus appeared to Sister Faustina (1905-1938) and it was Jesus’ own request that she paints a picture of Him. Although she hired a painter to do so, Sister Faustina was unsatisfied and commented, ‘how much more beautiful are you Lord’. However the next day, to the amazement of the painter and Sister Faustina, the painting was mysteriously completed; with Jesus’ face looking beautiful and gentle as He appeared to her.
When I look at Jesus’ face in the Divine Mercy image, I see His face change depending on the state of my soul. When I am sad, He looks sad; when I am in a sinful state, His eyes are filled with compassion wanting me to come back to his love. When I’ve done something good, Jesus has a gentle smile on His face. Over the years, I have grown to love the Divine Mercy image and it helps me with communicating to God and with Jesus.
The third favourite picture of mine is, Jesus revealing himself to Brother Elias of the Apostles of God. Brother Elias is a Stigmatized and a healing priest in our era (2011). My husband and I were very lucky to attend a healing ceremony of Br.Elias in Sydney.
When many people specially the reporters and photographers questioned Brother Elias as to who was he talking to, he referred the question to Jesus. Jesus asked him to let the photographers take pictures of a white wall in a nearby church. A whole real of thirty six photos were taken. All came out white, except for one unique negative that produced the beautiful face of Jesus.
Jesus is God, and when we want to think of, What does God look like we can always think of the face of Jesus. After all, God revealed himself to the world, through Jesus.
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