24 May 2017
When you think of a magnifying glass, you see right away that isn’t meant to draw attention to itself. It exists to magnify other things; to make other things more visible; to bring them forward. And so, we can say that Jesus is like a magnifying glass, and he magnifies the Father. In fact, he says, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” And, in the same way, the Holy Spirit “glorifies” or “magnifies” Jesus (and the Father).
And, if you think about it, we are also magnifying glasses, and we magnify the Lord. We exist to love the Lord, but also to make him known to others. When people encounter us, ideally, they see God as well.
Of course, sometimes, it’s hard to be God for others when we ourselves are too broken to be that. And, in that case, we let others be God to us. We let the created world reveal God to us. We let the saints and the angels magnifying the Lord to us. When we can’t magnify the splendor of God for others, we can perhaps magnify the weakness of Christ to others.
When people encounter us, ideally, they see God as well. Sometimes it’s God in majesty. Sometimes it’s God on the Cross. Either way, may we be able to pray with our Blessed Mother, “My soul magnifies the Lord.”