Painting called "Calvary" by Octavio Ocampo. Crucifixion and faces
Look at the picture of the crucifixion by Octovio Ocampo. How many faces do you see? How many sets of eyes do you see? How many crosses, do you see? Every time we study this amazing picture, we see something we didn't see before.
Some time ago, I needed some vision therapy, because my eyes weren't working together properly. I had to train my eyes, with exercises and games, how to see together. It was amazing; every week, I could see something I hadn't the week before. The same is true with our "spiritual eyes." They need to be trained to see as God does.
In the Bible the eye is the organ of perception, and perception involves more than physical sight. The eye often stands as a metaphor for the mind. What we see, what we allow ourselves to take in, informs how we think, the questions we ask and how we will behave.
We use a lamp when we what to be able to see or find something in dim light or darkness. So what if our "lamp," our eye, is covered with prejudice? anger? bitterness? self-righteousness? Ignorance? It will determine how well we can see the world. We will project our perceptions onto others -- because that's what we are used to seeing!! What we see is what we get.
Jesus encourages us to practice seeing the way God sees. God's eyes are pure light and pure love.
What do we see when we see an addict? a self-indulgent bum? or a suffering, lost, child of God?
What do we see in the crabby co-worker? a difficult person who makes life hard? or someone who is struggling, and needs encouragement?
What do we see when we see a poor person? Someone who is lazy? Or someone searching for dignity?
What do we see when we see a rich person? A snob, who cares nothing for others? or someone lonely, or lost?
It's all a matter of perspective. Of training our eyes in the school of love. Week by week, day by day, we gain the vision of Jesus, until all whom we see are brother and sister, children of the same God.
PRAY: "Lord, I am blind. Give me your eyes to see"