What Cannot Be Seen, Heard or Conceived


1 Corinthians 2:6-10, 13-16 (NRSV)

Among the mature we do speak wisdom, though it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to perish. But we speak God’s wisdom, secret and hidden, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the human heart conceived,
what God has prepared for those who love him” —

these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. And we speak of these things in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things to those who are spiritual. Those who are unspiritual do not receive the gifts of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to them, and they are unable to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. Those who are spiritual discern all things, and they are themselves subject to no one else’s scrutiny. “For who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

In our age of brilliant technological advances such as the smart phone, computer and internet; it seems that everything and anything is visible.  Social media networks like Facebook and Twitter are awesome for keeping in touch with friends.   They are also an incredible way to make new friends and to be part of just about any topic one can come up with.   Yet, for all the good that is therein, one cannot ignore that it becomes that much more difficult to control our curiosity to uncover things that in some ways are better left mysterious.

That which is unseen, unheard or hardly conceived leads to a deeper awareness of our relationship with God and others.  The Holy Spirit “searches the depths of God.”  In the Spiritual Life, there is always a new depth to be encountered and explored.   There is always a new truth for us to be led into regarding the truth we have always known.

God invites us today, to see with the eyes of faith that whatever we cannot see, hear or conceive has yet to be God’s newest revelation to us who love God.  It is so awesome and powerful, that it is best that it be hidden until God chooses to make it known to us.  All we are asked to do is walk by faith and trust in God’s holy will for us.


Br. Anselm Philip King-Lowe, n/OSB

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