A Gift of Tears

A revelation can be described as a truth that is revealed in a surprising way, or as a revealing of God’s self. God uses our senses and earthly things to reveal Himself to us. He can use visions, or speak to us with voice or song.

The summer before I was a freshman in college, my high school chemistry teacher knew that I was going to St. Thomas and connected me to a Saint Paul’s Outreach (SPO) missionary. He also connected me to an SPO event which was actually a Matt Maher concert. I was clueless and had no idea that Matt Maher is actually a very well-known Christian artist/worship leader among Catholics. One of the songs he played that night is called “Spirit and the Bride.” When I heard the lyric “for all the fatherless looking for approval, for all the daughters who’ve never heard they’re beautiful, let everyone who hears these words say come,” I was thrown into my seat and bawled.

Though it is not mentioned in the Bible or the Catechism of the Catholic Church as a gift of the Holy Spirit. Since very early in the Church there is a phenomenon called the gift of tears, which is referring to an intense personal experience of God that overflows in abundant tears. Since this moment at the Matt Maher concert, I have had this gift in worship or prayer, not knowing or understanding it very well at all until recently. These tears are not triggered by pain, sorrow, or joy, but an overwhelming experience of God specifically (which can include pain, sorrow, or joy). This gift can be very healing for the person and help them to come to know and grow closer to God.
Pope Francis has challenged us to cry tears that prepares our eyes to look and see the Lord. Even now, listening to this song, I am getting goosebumps when I hear that specific line again. This lyrics can hit home with some women more than others, depending on her relationship with her father. I think that even if a women has a good and healthy relationship with her father or not, that we as daughters have an intimate relationship with our Father in heaven and that in our spiritual lives we can forget to see or are somehow blind to His approval and love for us. We have to remember that He created us and because of that we are beautiful.

I find it funny that this revelation of mine was revealed through a song that is based on a passage in the book of Revelation. In Revelation 22:17, it says “The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come.’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let him who is thirsty come, let him who desires take the water of life without price.” We as the body are the bride and Christ is the bridegroom. The bridegroom longs for the bride, and the bride longs for the bridegroom. This is why we are invited to come, specifically to come to the wedding feast, our wedding feast.

On a different note, today marks 25 weeks. Only 15 more to go! 

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