If we want to see the Kingdom of God then we must close our eyes and go inside. It is in the darkness of our sinful hearts we must do battle with the inner demons that guard the path to the Divine, the truth, the Kingdom of God that is within us all.
The greatest pilgrimages are not to Jerusalem, Medjugorje, Fatima or Knock. The greatest pilgrimage one can make is to the core of the soul where the heavenly Jerusalem is. When we close our physical eyes we shut off the world and it helps our prayer. But when we close our sinful worldly eyes, it helps root out the devil inside gaining for us a better vision of what heaven actually looks like.
Yeah, Jesus says,
But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!Matthew 6:23
Dispel the darkness of pride with humility, the darkness of ignorance with heavenly knowledge. In this way you will become renewed and live like a King with Christ as your spiritual father (Christ is the high priest so it’s O.K to call him father) and the dark world at your service.
Many of us go on pilgrimage and flirt with the idea of getting closer to God. There is this longing to walk in his footsteps meanwhile our pride proves we walk only in our own footsteps while enjoying the delusion we walk in Christs. Go wherever we like, but unless we make our dangerous journey inwards to the heavenly Jerusalem at the core of our souls, we’ll never find Him.