Jesus offers sound wisdom. Before we can point out the “splinters” in someone’s eye, we need to take care of our own! This is not just about physical sight, but it applies to the spiritual obstacles that prevent us from seeing God’s grace at work in our hearts.
As Samuel is looking at Jesse’s sons, he is reminded that the Lord sees our lives differently than we do. May we look at the current situation of our world today and ask for the grace to see with God’s eyes.
Let’s take a quick look at an overview of the readings this week:
1st Reading – Samuel “sees” David and anoints him with the Spirit
Psalm – “The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.”
2nd Reading – We are children who live in the light of Christ
Gospel – Jesus heals a man who was blind from birth
Images of sight, light, and darkness appear throughout these readings, reminding us of the crucial role our sight plays in daily life. As we rely on our eyes, we recognize light and color as it interacts with our senses and guides much of our action.
God helps Samuel to see – not with human but heavenly eyesight – the qualities that will make David king of Israel; Jesus helps the man born blind to see the face of the living God. Ephesians reminds us that as children of the light we turn away from darkness and live in goodness, while the Psalmist gives us courage to walk in the darkest of valleys…confident that the Lord is at our side.
For we know that the darkness is a part of life; indeed, many of us have had the experience of darkness – where fear, doubt, and indecision hold us in a grip of paralysis – and we understand all too well our sense of loneliness and loss.
The Good News: God restores our sight – helping us to see the Lord at work in our world – and inspires us to direct our thoughts, words and actions by the light of faith. May the Light of Christ open our eyes and guide our steps through this life!