Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
As Jesus approached Jericho
a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging,
and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening.
They told him,
“Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”
He shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!”
The people walking in front rebuked him,
telling him to be silent,
but he kept calling out all the more,
“Son of David, have pity on me!”
Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him;
and when he came near, Jesus asked him,
“What do you want me to do for you?”
He replied, “Lord, please let me see.”
Jesus told him, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.”
He immediately received his sight
and followed him, giving glory to God.
When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God. Lk 18:35-43
As Jesus continues to heal people, today’s Gospel reveals something unique about sight. First, it is a blessing that God has given us sight. It is more important that we understand we have a soul and a spiritual life, so we have eyes to see the invisible with God’s grace. What do you think our eyes were meant to see? Did God give us eyesight to see the beautiful sunrise and sunset, the moon, stars, and ocean, the mountain tops, humans and their goodness? Yes! What do we spend our time looking at? A screen. Photo shopped images of people, texts that are mean, information that is more concerned about ratings and money than your soul, make believe movies, video games that kill, and the latest epidemic social media.
God wants our eyes to see Him as the poor blind beggar did on the side of the road, as the Savior of the world who deserves our attention every day. God wants us to realize that He loves us and nobody can take away our dignity because we are made in His image and likeness. He wants us to see His Son who gave His life and understands suffering. Everyone is suffering something. Jesus gives suffering purpose and He will be by our side through it all. He wants us to love who He created us to be and to know we have a purpose, to become a saint right here right now. Don’t allow the distractions of life and the great deceiver, the Devil, to take your life over but use the gift of faith to see God and all of His great works among you. God gives us Truth, Beauty, and Goodness. These are the things He wants us to see.
How do we see God with the eyes of faith? Silence, the still-point in which all of the cosmos circles around you and God the Father and God the Son are talking about you. Listen in the deep abiding silence!
Today’s challenge: Close your eyes from your screen and think about all of the good things God has blessed you with. Stop allowing false images and lies on your screen to rule your life and your thinking. God gave us so much more!
Wake each day and imagine Jesus asking you the same question He did to the beggar, “What do you want me to do for you?” Instead of telling God what you want all of the time (it is okay to do this), ask Him what He wants for you.
Be a servant, become a saint!