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December 04, 2020

Mt 9: 27-31

As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, crying loudly, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” 

Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you.” And their eyes were opened. Then Jesus sternly ordered them, “See that no one knows of this.” But they went away and spread the news about him throughout that district.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Seeing as Jesus sees

What did the blind men see when “their eyes were opened”? Or, is a better question how did they see? More fully? More freely? More lovingly? More as God would see?

Perhaps today we are offered an opportunity to pray with the painful truth that we are a divided nation. We have trouble seeing one another without the blindness of bias and, as we likely experience, it is easy to be inordinately attached to our own “sight” (or lack thereof!) and the conclusions we draw.

In his Spiritual Exercises, St Ignatius of Loyola encourages us to seek the grace of “detachment.” This is not a cold or unfeeling kind, but rather a practice of loosening our grip on our perceptions and desires. As we let go of our attachments, we become freer and more humbly available to the healing touch of Jesus, who comes to open our eyes.

Today I ask Jesus to see as he sees, and I offer myself to his healing touch.

—Jennifer Kelly is the Director of Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative Northwest, a work of the West Province and the Director of Formation for L’Arche Seattle.

 

Prayer

Lord, grant that I may see thee more clearly,
love thee more dearly,
follow thee more nearly.

—Spiritual Exercises #104


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December 04, 2020

Mt 9: 27-31

As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, crying loudly, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” 

Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you.” And their eyes were opened. Then Jesus sternly ordered them, “See that no one knows of this.” But they went away and spread the news about him throughout that district.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Seeing as Jesus sees

What did the blind men see when “their eyes were opened”? Or, is a better question how did they see? More fully? More freely? More lovingly? More as God would see?

Perhaps today we are offered an opportunity to pray with the painful truth that we are a divided nation. We have trouble seeing one another without the blindness of bias and, as we likely experience, it is easy to be inordinately attached to our own “sight” (or lack thereof!) and the conclusions we draw.

In his Spiritual Exercises, St Ignatius of Loyola encourages us to seek the grace of “detachment.” This is not a cold or unfeeling kind, but rather a practice of loosening our grip on our perceptions and desires. As we let go of our attachments, we become freer and more humbly available to the healing touch of Jesus, who comes to open our eyes.

Today I ask Jesus to see as he sees, and I offer myself to his healing touch.

—Jennifer Kelly is the Director of Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative Northwest, a work of the West Province and the Director of Formation for L’Arche Seattle.

 

Prayer

Lord, grant that I may see thee more clearly,
love thee more dearly,
follow thee more nearly.

—Spiritual Exercises #104


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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