What am I seeing?

June 20, 2107

The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If, then, the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!" (Matthew 6:22-23)


What I see, physically, allows me to understand how things are in the world. I can avoid stepping into holes or walking into traffic.  My eyes permit me to walk carefully across a bridge or adjust myself as I walk up or downstairs.  Without my eyes, I would fall, be injured or perhaps even be killed.


Of course Jesus was not referring to my physical eyes, but the things I ponder about; the things I hope for; the imagination and desires of my heart.  If these things are good, pleasing to God, helpful to my fellow man, inspiring and encouraging, there is light and love and joy in my life!


But if my eye is unhealthy, that is, if it ponders on dark things—-those that I know are wrong and the very things I would not want anyone to ever know about—you can be sure that my life reflects that total darkness—-just as if I were walking with my eyes closed and keep stumbling and falling.  


How is the darkness reflected and evidenced in my life?


-pleasure in seeing others fail or humiliated

-unwilling to celebrate and recognize the goodness of others

-a constant negative and sarcastic spirit

-the inability to appreciate and offer compassion to  the hurt or suffering of others

-a spirit that manipulates, deceives and takes advantage of others at every opportunity


How can my eye be made whole and be healed? Only by the Physician—-Jesus Christ.  He comes to offer me light instead of darkness; compassion instead of indifference; spiritual sight instead of total blindness.


But…. do I want to be healed and have receive the very eyes and sight of Jesus, or, like Saint Augustine, do I ask God for “chastity”——but not just yet?


Open the eyes of our hearts Lord—and right now please.



dean  barley

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