It is the first question God asks mankind in Scripture. God seeks us always, even in the midst of a chaotic world filled with violence, temptation, and fear. But we hide within this world, shivering in some place just beyond the light and love that God offers. We hide because we feel naked and broken. We think ourselves unworthy of God’s long, loving gaze, those tender, divine eyes always searching, witnessing our loveliness and calling us to love.

“Who told you that you were naked?”

God’s second question. Let us remember that our nakedness was not revealed by God, but by something darker, something which draws our gaze away from the God who gazes upon us.

We cannot be afraid to let ourselves be seen. God sees us and is with us, just as God was with Mary. We must respond. Here we are, worthy and ready.

—Eric Immel, S.J. is a Jesuit scholastic studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. He also serves as a Jesuit vocation promoter and is a prolific author.