When God Is Always Being Sought, When Is He Found?

When God Is Always Being Sought, When Is He Found?

When God Is Always Being Sought, When Is He Found? Faith has already found him, but hope still seeks him. But love has found him through faith, and seeks to have him by sight, where he will then be found so as to satisfy us, and no longer to need our search. When we shall have seen him face to face as he is, will he still have to be sought, and to be sought without end, because to be loved without end? For we say to anyone present, ‘I am not looking for you;’ meaning, I do not like you. And thus he who is lived, is sought even when present, while there is constant love. Besides, he who loves anyone, even when he sees him, without ever being tired of him, wishes him ever to be present, that is, he always seeks his presence. And surely this is the sense of the words. Seek his face evermore; meaning that discovery should not terminate that seeking, by which love is testified, but with the increase of love the seeking of the discovered one should increase.

Augustine, 420.