𝐋𝐢𝐟𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐄𝐲𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐧
𝘔𝘢𝘺 𝟸𝟾, 𝟸𝟶𝟸𝟶
𝘛𝘩𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘩 𝘞𝘦𝘦𝘬 𝘰𝘧 𝘌𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳
𝐋𝐢𝐟𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐮𝐩 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐞𝐲𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐧, 𝐉𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐝 𝐬𝐚𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠: “𝐈 𝐩𝐫𝐚𝐲 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐚𝐥𝐬𝐨 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐝, 𝐬𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐦𝐚𝐲 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐨𝐧𝐞, 𝐚𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮, 𝐅𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫, 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐦𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮, 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐚𝐥𝐬𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐲 𝐛𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐮𝐬, 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐦𝐚𝐲 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐦𝐞.” 𝐉𝐨𝐡𝐧 𝟏𝟕:𝟐𝟎–𝟐𝟏
“Lifting His eyes to Heaven…” What a great phrase!
As Jesus lifted His eyes to Heaven, He prayed to His Father in Heaven. This act, of lifting His eyes, reveals one unique aspect of the presence of the Father. It reveals that the Father is transcendent. “Transcendent” means that the Father is above all and beyond all. The world cannot contain Him. So, in speaking to the Father, Jesus begins with this gesture by which He acknowledges the transcendence of the Father.
But we must also note the imminence of the Father’s relationship with Jesus. By “imminence” we mean that the Father and Jesus are united as one. Their relationship is one that is profoundly personal in nature.
Though these two words, “imminence” and “transcendence,” may not be a part of our daily vocabulary, the concepts are worth understanding and reflecting upon. We should strive to be very familiar with their meanings and, more specifically, with the way that our relationship with the Holy Trinity shares in both.
Jesus’ prayer to the Father was that we who come to believe will share in the unity of the Father and the Son. We will share in God’s life and love. For us, this means we start by seeing the transcendence of God. We also lift our eyes to Heaven and strive to see the splendor, glory, greatness, power, and majesty of God. He is above all and beyond all.