Do you share God’s vision?
We generally see what we want to see -- how often do we see with God’s eyes? In the First Book of Samuel, God sends the prophet to anoint a new king from among the sons of Jesse of Bethlehem. Naturally, everyone expects the eldest son to be chosen; instead, Samuel anoints David, the youngest, who is tending the sheep as future king of Israel. Not as man sees does God see, the Lord tells Samuel, because man sees the appearance, but the Lord looks into the heart. David will see with the heart, as is made clear in Psalm 23, for he knows that it is God who guides him, who leads him. David understands his relationship with the Lord, and makes every effort to share God’s vision as God’s shepherd-king on earth.
In John’s Gospel, the Pharisees have a twisted point of view; they are caught up in their own vision of how things should be. In contrast to the blind man whom Jesus heals, the Pharisees suffer from vision that is becoming dimmer and dimmer until eventually they will be blind – spiritually blind. The blind man himself sees with the heart, is able to see, because he believes; he has faith in Jesus even before Jesus has died and risen. His physical blindness is incidental to his spiritual vision; he sees what the Pharisees do not, that Jesus is a prophet, the Son of Man – I was blind and now I see.
Paul, in his Letter to the Ephesians, equates clear vision with faith and blindness with unbelief. If you enter into life with Christ, Paul tells the Ephesians, you come to see clearly, to see as God sees, to share God’s vision, for everything exposed by the light becomes visible. For us today, Jesus remains that light; through faith, we too can be light in the Lord, sharing clearer vision, sharing God’s vision, knowing that, if we are open, we who were once blind may now see.
This post is based on Fr. Pat’s Scripture class.
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