Beauty is a funny thing. So much of it as goes the old saying is in the “eye of the beholder.”
In a world of Photoshop and plastic surgery our ideals of what beauty is can be unrealistic even to the point of not understanding what that word means.
As I wrote that last line, I got to thinking… what exactly is beauty? Well, doesn’t that sound overly philosophical! What I am after here is how is beauty generally defined. Well, Dicitonary.com defines the word this way “
Interesting, it seems beauty is more in the mind rather than the eye of the beholder. Now this conversation could go in a thousand directions, but to pull on one strand, let us use today’s reading from Matthew to see what we might see that is beautiful here.
On the surface, a reading about Jesus cleansing the temple, healing the sick, and cursing a fig tree doesn’t seem to have much to do with beauty. Ok, the fig tree leaves me wondering many things, and I have no idea how to connect that, but if we understand that beauty is much more about relationship, there is something very beautiful here. I am reminded of a verse from the Old Testament: “The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever. – Isaiah 40: 8
Jesus is on his way to the cross, an ugly thing if there ever was one, and through it he does this beautiful thing for all of creation. In a world of falseness and ever changing styles and ideas of what beauty is, the true beauty of God’s grace and mercy never fade, and Gods love will never wither.