Written on: March 18, 2020
Fourth Sunday of Lent- March 22, 2020
“Not as a man does God see, for man sees the appearance, but the Lord looks into the heart.”
These words are fleshed out in John’s Gospel when Jesus and his disciples come upon a blind man sitting on the side of the road. The disciples immediately assumed that this man was inferior and was being punished with his obvious disability. Curious, they asked Jesus who had sinned, this man or his parents. The answer Jesus gave his disciples gives us an opportunity this week to stop and reflect on His words.
“Neither he nor his parents have sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him.”
Jesus was probably irritated with their line of shallow questioning. However, being the Master Teacher, he answered them with patience and clarity so that they might learn and see beyond outward appearances.
Jesus wants us, his disciples, to look beyond outward appearances. Looking beyond enables us to sharpen our spiritual sense of seeing so that we may live more fully, love more deeply and create moments of openings for others to see.
We all need to pause and awaken our spiritual sense of seeing. Of all our senses and faculties, sight is said to be the most real and absolute, the perfect experience. Eyes are the window of the soul.
At the end of the day, when we recall our encounters, and experiences we need to ask ourselves:
Throughout our lives, each day, we are constantly encountering persons, places, things that can show us, if we look beyond, God’s wisdom and Providential care for us.
Most of us do not have sharp visual acuity but if we look with our spiritual sight we can have 20/20 in-sight.
“And here is my secret, a very simple secret. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Antoine de Saint–Exupéry,
The Little Prince