Connecting Through Facebook
Classmates and long-lost relatives have found and reconnected with each other through Facebook and other social media and often led to reunions, their seeing each other face to face, the much better alternative to the cyber way.
Families separated by vast physical space like immigrants and overseas workers have found the means of seeing and talking to each other via video calling like Viber, Messenger and Skype. But these are only meant to be temporary, or a substitute way, until the loved one abroad is able to come home and they all see each other again -- face to face.
The first time that man lost their face-to-face relationship with God was at the Garden of Eden. Their descendants did not see God but still He manifested Himself through other ways like the hovering cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night over His first Chosen People.
But in time, God showed His Face in the person of His Son who took on the form of man, Jesus Christ. Jesus was the Face of God the Father.
"Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? (John 14:9)"
The popular clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson, with his YouTube videos, acknowledged that life is hard and is beset by suffering. But with this observation, for all its common-sense wisdom, he does not have the rationale or a real solution to this situation/problem to hold on to.
The great Doctor of the Church, Saint Augustine, does. He points out in no uncertain terms: "Our hearts are restless, O Lord, and they will remain restless until they rest in you." (Confessions)
That is why the Church the Lord Jesus established always tells and reminds us of the necessity of connecting with God through prayer, in the midst of this chaotic and troubled world.
The objective and the hope is that our earthly connection with Him will lead to an eternal connection -- seeing Him face to face.
The Baltimore Catechism describes Heaven thus: "Heaven is the state of everlasting life in which we see God face to face, are made like unto Him in glory, and enjoy eternal happiness." (#1395)
May we never lose sight of this.#
The LORD make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you (Numbers 6:25)