Today’s Gospel: Mark 8:22-26
Vanity has unfortunately had a hold of me much of my life. So it was painful for me to accept the fact that I could no longer rely on my naked eyes to read. I had to don glasses to make out standard print, and I am not one of those people blessed with a face that looks radiant when adorned with spectacles.
Without the glasses, the print would look like gibberish to me. So I can empathize with the blind man for whom people look like trees.
In that moment, when I cannot see clearly, I would give anything to be able to have clear vision. I can imagine the man’s delight when he could finally “see everything distinctly.”
But I have found in life that, even though eyesight is an incredible gift, even more important is to possess “spiritual sight.” I define this as the ability to see life the way God sees it. That, in fact, has become one of my prayers after receiving Holy Communion — that I can see with Christ’s eyes.
This means seeing the disheveled, rumpled woman on the street as the daughter of an Almighty King. It means seeing the noisy neighbor as a beloved brother. It means seeing a hurting family member not as a burden, but as an amazing blessing.
And it means seeing everyone as a beloved, irreplaceable human being, as a true gift — whether it be the child in the womb, the frail elderly man, or the individual with disabilities. Truly, Christ gives us an eye-opening view of the people who cross our path, and the crosses which dot our landscape. When I try to see the circumstances of my life the way that Christ sees them, I strive to become “another Christ” — His ambassador in the world.
What would it take for you to begin seeing life through Christ’s eyes?
Dear Jesus, please give me eyes of compassion, to see my brothers and sisters as reflections of You, deserving of great love.
Copyright 2019 Maria Gallagher
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