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Weekend Reflection for 3/28/14

The Blindness to Enslave Us


The neighbors of the blind man and those who had seen him earlier as a beggar said, Isnt this the one who used to sit and beg?Some said, It is,but others said, No, he just looks like him.He said, I am.So they said to him, How were your eyes opened?He replied, The man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and told me, Go to Siloam and wash.So I went there and washed and was able to see.(John 9: 8-11)


Something bad happens when I take off my glasses. Everything disappears or gets blurry. At best I can see people like trees walking.My world becomes smaller, for beyond five feet all is fog. Without my glasses my world and my life shrinks. Without my glasses I am functionally blind. Thank God for my glasses!


But there is a greater blindness, I feel. That is to see only with my eyes! Can I see also with my heart? Can I see with the light of faith?


Too often I see only with my eyes. I see labels; I see stereotypes. I see through the lenses of prejudice and fear and preconception. And I miss so much around me.

Do I see others as the images and likenesses of God? Do I see them as temples of the Holy Spirit? Do I see them as precious children of God? (Yes, even my enemies, even that politician, even that pain)


Without faith I am also functionally blind for I do not see Christ playing

in ten thousand places,

Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his

To the Father through the features of men's faces.