Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ,
Isaiah 48:17-19 St
Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6
Today’s readings are about eyes.
In the Responsorial Psalm, we ask with the psalmist to gaze on the loveliness of the Lord. The Gospel Acclamation promises us that our Lord will enlighten the eyes of His servants. And in today's gospel about the two blind men, we see that Jesus touched their eyes and their eyes were opened.
The gospel doesn't say it, but I like to imagine that the first thing they saw with their new eyesight was the face of Jesus, up close! Just imagine: first, everything is dark, then you feel the gentle touch of His fingers on your eyes! And then, you open your eyes, and find that you're looking right into the eyes of God-made-Man!
Jesus wants us to gaze on Him too. He wants to look into our eyes, but He can't do it unless we first take the time to look into His eyes!
Let's take a few minutes to do that in silence! Take your time. Picture the face of Jesus. Turn your eyes and your heart to God. Don't be afraid. Picture Him gently holding your face in His hands. Look into His eyes now. And see Him smile.
Father Ed Bakker,
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne