by Andrea Elizabeth
More from St. Maximus’ Ambigua translated in The Cosmic Mystery of Jesus Christ
It is absolutely necessary that everything will cease its willful movement toward something else when the ultimate beauty that satisfies our desires appears. In so far as we are able we will participate without being restricted, as it were, being uncontainably contained. All our actions and every sublime thought will tend eagerly towards that end “in which all desire comes to rest and beyond which they cannot be carried. For there is no other end towards which all free movement is directed than the rest found in total contemplation by those who have reached that point,” as our blessed teacher [Gregory Nanzianzen in his Oration 21.1] says. For nothing besides God will be known, nor will there be anything opposed to God that could entice one to desire it. Instead, when God’s ineffable majesty is made known, all intellectual and sensible things will be encompassed by him. It is like the light from the stars. The stars do not shine in the day. When the greater and incomparable light of the sun appears, they are hidden and connot be seen by the senses. With respect to God this is even more so, for God is infinite, and uncreated things cannot be compared to created things.
Yes, but there are many goods, including the stars. Wasn’t it necessary and good to look at Elijah and Moses on Mt. Tabor before they were swallowed up into the Light? Maybe this has already occurred and everything is already God, and it is our deceived senses who do not comprehend it. So if the stars and the sun are God, then we don’t comprehend Him when we are sinning. The sin is being distracted by a destructive force which still exists. But it’s a figment of our imagination. A figment is still a thing, in the definition of a noun. The Saint isn’t deceived by the figment and sees God everywhere. He decodes the funhouse mirror, as it were. Even Adam had not grown into this ability, but still he could have asked God for help when he became confused. Lord have mercy on me, a sinner. He was deceived in thinking he could decipher on his own – thank God for the Church, the Councils, and her Saints!