Seeing Jesus Through the Eyes of Faith
Fourth Sunday of Lent Year A
There was this guy Husserl, who was a Jew who lived through the war with the Germans. He was a great philosopher/thinker. He said, whatever is in your head, chuck it out so you can see the world for how it really is. He said that all that we think is prejudiced. So, he said we must bracket out what we think about our world and put it away. When we do this then we can truly see our wonderful world for how it really is. Husserl comes to the same conclusion as Jesus – that we are blind, blinded by hatred because of what’s in our head, and our heart as well.
Being spiritually blind means that we see the world through our own false ideas affected by negative attitudes in our heart! We’re not looking so good! Being blind means our ideas and attitudes have hardened our heart so much that we can't see goodness in things anymore!
We see the world in many ways. For example, seeing things through rose-coloured glasses reveals our optimistic judgment of the world. Or when we fall in love the world seems different and we judge everything from this perspective of being inebriated by love! But, what happens if we don’t fall in love, but rather fall into hatred?
Do you see? There are different ways of seeing. One is with our eyes where we judge from empirical evidence. The other is with the eyes of our heart, where we judge with a heart full of love. God sees with very special goggles – through the goggles of divine love. Remember when we started lent – on Ash Wednesday? Jesus taught us that the Father sees all that we do – when we pray, fast, give-alms etc. God’s love sees straight into our hearts.
The reality is that we don’t always see this way; we don’t always see with our hearts because we have preconceived ideas/judgments about what we should be seeing before us. This is based on what’s in our heart. When Samuel saw Eliab, he thought oh boy, this guy must be the one! God proved him wrong, right? Samuel wasn’t looking with a heart full of love.
Then they sent for the one no one thought would amount to anything. And go figure . . . King David was the greatest of all. He was the one who’s heart was filled with enough courage and love to do all that God would ask of him. He became King of Israel.
Samuel couldn’t do this. He needed special glasses that helped him see as God sees! Those glasses are called ‘The Eyes of Faith.’ When we put on the ‘The Eyes of Faith’ we can see people as God sees them. We can see God in one another. But most important, we can see Jesus for who he really is and so we are not going to act like those Pharisees in the Gospel.
When we put on the ‘The Eyes of Faith’ we can see God in one another. But most important, we can see Jesus for who he really is and can love him! 😊